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The Seneca Nation of Indians has adopted a policy to use solely local indigenous species of plants in public spaces on Seneca lands, the nation said in a news release Monday.

The move is an attempt to counteract plantings of non-native species, which may harm the environment.

“To date, over 445 Native trees and shrubs have been planted and 25 different species re-introduced into the public landscape around Seneca Nation properties, including edible and medicinal culturally significant plants,” President Barry E. Snyder Sr. said in a statement.