criteria 1 - Provide wildlife habitat
1.1 Provide food for wildlife
A. Food Plants
B. Supplemental feeders
C. Plants blooming during each month of growing season
1.2 Provide clean water source(s) for wildlife
1.3 Provide shelter for wildlife
criteria 2 - practice soil + Water conservation
criteria 3 - control invasive species
criteria 4 - plant for ecosystem support
criteria 5 - implement integrated pest management (IPM) practices
Criteria 6 + 7 - (Optional) other conservation practices and create woodland areas
6.1-7.1 General Practices
Are you interested in developing your backyard or woodlot to improve it for wildlife and ecosystem health? Would you like to learn easy ways to improve soil and water quality from your backyard? Do you want to see a larger diversity of pollinators in your gardens but don't know where to start? This program might be right for you!!
This free certification program helps landowners implement conservation practices in an easy to follow, systematic way. Interested landowners can start by looking at our checklist to see what criteria their property already meets, and get ideas for new practices or plantings to improve the space. Landowners can also request guidance and ideas from our staff and receive free one-on-one help on their property.