Letter from Suzanne Sparacio to the Lamorinda Weekly

“Dear Lamorinda Weekly,

As a Contra Costa College Biology Professor, I wanted to provide a clarification to the article “The Garden Melting Pot” published on March 13, 2024. Cynthia Brian stated “Many revered non-natives have acclimated to our soil, weather, and stressors providing food and refuge for our insects, wildlife, and birds while living in harmony with native species.” While it is true that many non-natives thrive in our ecosystem, it is not necessarily true that they live in harmony with native species. Ecosystems consist of delicate food webs with producers and consumers that have evolved together for thousands of years and non-natives can disrupt this delicate web. Some consumers only survive on a very small selection of native species. I would encourage everyone to plant as many native species as possible.”

Thanks,
Suzanne Sparacio MATSci, PhD
Moraga

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