Great Parks uses native plants for restoration projects in natural areas. Native plants are well-suited to our soils and climate. Protecting this native heritage goes beyond what are considered native to the midwest. The Shaker Trace Nursery raises native plant strains that occur within 100 miles of Hamilton County, to make sure we utilize the most effective genotype for restoration. In this sense, Great Parks is the steward of priceless genetic strains that are not commercially available.