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Native Plants

Milkweed Flowers Photo by L Bried

Milkweed Flowers Photo by L Bried

In the heart of the Capital Region remain several thousand acres of the Glacial Lake Albany Sandbelt, an area that once spread over 25,000 acres from Glens Falls to Newburgh.

This unique and special natural environment provides the community with valuable ecological, recreational, educational, and open space benefits.

The Sandbelt is home to many rare plants, animals, natural communities and people.

Located in the Sandbelt, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve and the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park contain important Karner blue butterfly habitat. The Albany Pine Bush represents one of the best remaining examples of an inland pitch pine-scrub oak barrens ecosystem left in the world.

Ecologists and local conservation organizations have long been interested in and have encouraged the use of locally obtained (within 50 miles of the Sandbelt) native plant species for landscaping areas within the Glacial Lake Albany Sandbelt.

The Glacial Lake Albany Native Plant Restoration Project is making locally grown native plants available for landscaping in existing and new developments and open space areas. The plants will also be used to support the restoration of wildlife habitat throughout the region.

Collection of plants from the wild is discouraged and prohibited in some places.

Collection of plants from the Albany Pine Bush Preserve is prohibited.

Find a detailed list of what not to plant in and around the Pine Bush Preserve here.