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- General Information
- Invasive Weeds
- Native Plants
- Stormwater Management
- Wildlife Habitat
- Volunteer Forms and Info
GENERAL HABITAT INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
- Small Grants for Backyard Habitats and Community Projects – resource list (Backyard Habitat Certification Program)
- Naturscaping Presentation – slideshow (East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District)
- Natural Lawn Care – handout (City of Gresham)
- Sheet Mulching – handout (East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District)
- Managing Steep Slopes – handout (Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District)
- Friends of Trees – website for non-profit organization offering free or discounted native trees for planting strips and yards
- Professional Landscaper Directory – directory of regional landscape professionals experienced in creating backyard habitats
- Classes & Books – list for learning more about the theory, importance and practice of backyard habitats
- Master Gardeners (Oregon) and Master Gardeners (Washington) – websites providing exceptional resources for events, classes, workshops, and gardening advice. Call or email them with specific plant ID or gardening issues and questions.
- Backyard Habitat Certification Program on Facebook – official BHCP Facebook page where we post information about events, honor recent certifications, and provide garden advice.
- Join the Friends of Backyard Habitats Facebook Group – public Facebook group, managed by program volunteers, with over 1000 members that share plants, resources, and pictures. Excellent resource for plant identification (post pics of plants you don’t know).
- Chip Drop – resource for FREE wood chips
Noxious Weed General Resources
- East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District – website with extensive information on noxious weeds, including a portal for reporting particularly problematic species
SILVER LEVEL WEEDS – FACT SHEETS
GOLD LEVEL WEEDS – FACT SHEETS
PLATINUM LEVEL WEEDS – FACT SHEETS
- Why Native Plants Matter – Douglas Tallamy
- Study On Native Plants and Birds – the Smithsonian
- Gardening with Oregon Natives – OSU Extension
Incentives and Nurseries
- Treebate – rebate program for native yard trees (City of Portland only)
- Edible Natives – website for Native Foods
- Nurseries that Sell Native Plants – website with interactive nursery map and list of native seed growers
- Don’t forget to use the coupons to local nurseries that are in your resource packet!
How to Guides
- Grow Your Own Native Landscape – illustrated guide to growing your own PNW native plants. Be sure to cross-reference with Portland Plant List to determine which are locally native (Washington State University Extension).
- Collecting Wildflower Seed – illustrated report providing in-depth info on collection methods, timing, and much more (Xerces Society)
- Hardwood Propagation From Cuttings – handout with basic information on species and methods for propagation (Backyard Habitat Certification Program)
- Native Plant Propagation – guide with more in-depth instruction for propagating native plants from hardwood cuttings (WSU Extension)
- Conserving Oregon White Oak on Urban and Suburban Landscapes – local how-to-guide for landscaping with White Oak (Mark Griswold Wilson and Ted Labbe).
- Meadowscaping Handbook – colorful book outlining locally-specific best practices for designing and installing a native meadow (West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District)
- The Meadow Project – website promoting people to transition lawns to meadowscapes. Note – this is a general/national resource for inspiration. Be sure to select and source locally native plants.
- Native Hedgerows – handout with basic info for selecting native hedgerow plants (East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District)
- Grow Smart Grow Safe – website that ranks the toxicity of lawn and garden products. We use this ranking as the framework for our habitat certification. Also an app for iPhone.
- Common Pesticide Hazard Levels – reference showing red/yellow/green hazard ranking for most-common yard and garden products (OSU Extension and Metro)
- Healthy Lawn and Garden Pledge – take the pledge and get a free yard sign (Metro)
- City of Gresham Rain Garden Design Template for Sun
- City of Gresham Rain Garden Design Template for Shade
- Leave The Leaves
- Rain Garden Guide
- 2019 Volunteer Training Schedule
- Backyard Habitat General Volunteer Description
- New Volunteer Orientation Slideshow (March 2019)
- Volunteer Manual for Certification Checkers (Updated July 2018)
- How to Conduct a Certification Visit
- Certification Determination Form
- Certification Submission Link
- Calculating Percentage Naturescaped