Source: Assembly Republican Press Release -
Legislation requiring state entities to purchase native plants for land management and restoration projects, sponsored by Assembly Republican Ron Dancer, won approval of the General Assembly today. Dancer’s bill, A-1305, promotes the use of trees, shrubs and grasses that are indigenous to the state for all landscaping projects under the direction of state agencies, departments, authorities or colleges.
“Native plants have a better chance to survive and thrive,” said Dancer, R – Ocean, Burlington, Middlesex and Monmouth. “With the installation of plants that are perfectly suited to the environment and soils of New Jersey, we can reduce costs for maintenance and replacement of failed plantings. They complement the state’s natural wildlife and insects, providing shelter and food.”
Dancer’s bipartisan bill also helps New Jersey workers by directing state entities to give preference to Garden State-based nurseries, plant dealers, landscape architects and construction professionals.