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Backyard Habitats Certification Program

Columbia Land Trust and Audubon Society of Portland have joined forces to offer the Backyard Habitat Certification Program. Learn more and get certified today.

Columbia Land Trust and Audubon Society of Portland have joined forces to offer the:

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This collaborative effort will provide technical assistance to small lot, private property owners (under 1 acre) to restore native wildlife habitat in their backyards and help manage on-site stormwater runoff. The program was launched in January 2009 within the City of Portland. If you are outside of the City of Portland – stay tuned… we are working to expand.

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How do I get certified?

If you are interested in joining the Backyard Habitat Certification Program, please fill out our Introduction Application. We will send you our backyard e-newsletter and will contact you about scheduling a site visit. You do not need to be certification ready for a site visit! Go ahead, fill out the online application today.

The first step of certification is having a knowledgeable backyard certification staff person come to your backyard for a site visit. We will provide technical assistance and a site plan. We will also provide discounts and incentives for native plants and other materials to help you on your way. A fee of $25 is due prior to your site visit. A certification sign from Audubon and Columbia Land Trust will identify your yard as certified wildlife habitat.

Get certified and start helping wildlife today

The goals are to assist property owners through three levels of advanced habitat restoration. The program focuses on the:


Backyard Habitats in the press

Neighborhood Notes: Backyard Birding in Portland
Portland Monthly: Backyard Habitat Certification
Portland Monthly: Backyard Features
The Oregonian: Wildlife Abounds in a Garden
The Sentinal: Sign up For Backyard Certification
The Examiner: Backyard Certification Program

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