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Practical advice and information to help you with activities ranging from the use of native plants in gardening to the conservation of biodiversity.

Links to many Web sites and print publications with detailed information to help you start exploring activities relating to native plant gardening and conservation.

Links to Web sites with information that focuses on issues relevant to conservation of native plants.

Links to the Web sites of many provincial, national and international organizations concerned with native plants and biodiversity.

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In the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand what we are taught...

- Baba Dioum, Senegalese conservationist

Common bearberry, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi S84-4844.
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Common bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) is so-called because it is a favourite food of bears. It is also known as kinnikinick, which comes from an expression of the native peoples who used to smoke the leaves and bark of this evergreen shrub like tobacco. The berries are edible by humans, and they are also a favourite of grouse. The fruits are red and contain several hard nutlets that are fused together to form a single stone.


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