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Backyard Habitat Certification Program

Restore native wildlife habitat in your own backyard!

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The Backyard Habitat Certification Program has its own new website! Visit the new site at www.backyardhabitats.org to learn about and sign up for the program.



Audubon Society of Portland, Columbia Land Trust and Friends of Tryon Creek have teamed up to create a unique Backyard Habitat Certification Program.

The Backyard Habitat Certification Program provides assistance and incentives to residents on lots less than one acre, within the cities of Portland, Lake Oswego, Gresham, Fairview, West Linn, Milwaukie, Oak Grove, and Jennings Lodge to restore native wildlife habitat in their backyards. There are five program elements: removal of aggressive weeds, naturescaping with native plants, pesticides reduction, stormwater management and wildlife stewardship.

How Does the Program Work?

  • Get started by filling out the enrollment form on the new Backyard Habitat Certification Program website. A fee of $35 is due when you sign up.
  • After submitting your email, you will receive an automatic response with more information about next steps. At this time, there is unprecedented interest in the program, so it may take 4-6 weeks before one of our staff Backyard Habitat Technicians schedules your initial site assessment.
  • During the Site Assessment, the Habitat Technician will walk the yard with you, discuss the current conditions, your goals for the future, and great ways you can enhance habitat. Following the visit, the technician will send a personalized Site Report which outlines the steps to certification discussed during your visit.
  • You'll receive discounts and incentives for native plants and other materials to help you on your way. A monthly e-newsletter will keep you informed of local events, workshops, plant sales and other great resources.
  • When your yard meets the criteria, we'll send a volunteer certifier back to award you the Certified Backyard Habitat sign! It generally takes homeowners 6 months to 1 year to get certified.

For more information about the Backyard Habitat Certification Program contact Nikkie West at nwest@audubonportland.org or 503-292-6855.

This program is generously funded by Metro, East Multnomah Soil Water Conservation District, West Multnomah Soil Water Conservation District and the City of Lake Oswego.

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