The Backyard Habitat Certification Program, started in 2009 as a joint effort between the Audubon Society of Portland and Columbia Land Trust, helps property owners in Portland and Lake Oswego restore their yards to create wildlife habitat.
From the Audubon Society of Portland website:
Today, nearly 1,700 properties covering about 335 acres within Portland and Lake Oswego are enrolled in this program. These 1,700 mini-habitats are creating a network of corridors for forging and nesting.
This month, the Backyard Habitat Certification Program’s accomplishments are being recognized by Portland Monthly magazine! We were selected for Portland Monthly’s annual Light a Fire Award.
Each year, hundreds of nonprofit organizations, programs, and individuals whose extraordinary acts of service embody the Portland spirit by making the city a better place to live, love, and grow are nominated for awards in 11 categories. In recognition of the tireless work of program volunteers, technicians, and participants, the BHCP was awarded the top honor in the Caring for the Planet category for our extraordinary work “to better balance human impacts on the natural environment.”
Congratulations to the Audubon Society of Portland, the Columbia Land Trust, and the many homeowners that have participated. Habitat is especially impacted in developed urban areas and neighborhoods, and this program has been very successful at filling in the gaps and enriching our neighborhoods. There is also a great synergy with Environmental Services programs that promote residential rain garden and ecoroof projects for stormwater management. A win-win!
Check out this month’s issue of Portland Monthly magazine, and enroll to have your backyard certified!