Backyard Habitat Resource Library

Click on the links below to access that topic’s library.

  1. General Information
  2. Invasive Weeds
  3. Native Plants
  4. Pesticides
  5. Stormwater Management
  6. Wildlife Habitat
  7. Volunteer Forms and Info

GENERAL INFORMATION

Backyard Habitat Program Resources

Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Soil and Water Conservation Districts are amazing resources for educational materials and events, technical assistance, financial support, and much more. Check out their websites to learn what they may be able to offer you: 

Workshops, Classes and More

INCENTIVES, DISCOUNTS & FINANCIAL SUPPORT

  • Small Grants for Backyard Habitats and Community Projects – resource list (by Backyard Habitat Certification Program)
  • Chip Drop – resource for FREE wood chips
  • Friends of Trees – website for non-profit organization offering free or discounted native trees for planting strips and yards
  • Treebate – City of Portland rebate program for yard trees 
  • Treefund – City of Vancouver rebate program for yard trees
  • Don’t forget to use the coupons to local nurseries that are in your resource packet!

NOXIOUS WEEDS

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
  • Weedwise – website for Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation Districts robust invasive weed program, packed with valuable info.  

SILVER LEVEL WEEDS – FACT SHEETS

GOLD LEVEL WEEDS – FACT SHEETS

PLATINUM LEVEL WEEDS – FACT SHEETS

NATURESCAPING WITH NATIVE PLANTS

Articles

Native Plant Nurseries

Plant Lists

How to Guides

  • Naturscaping Presentation – slideshow (by East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District)
  • 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 (by Washington State University Extension).
  • Collecting Wildflower Seed – illustrated report providing in-depth info on collection methods, timing, and much more (by Xerces Society)
  • Hardwood Propagation From Cuttings – handout with basic information on species and methods for propagation (by Backyard Habitat Certification Program)
  • Native Plant Propagation – guide with more in-depth instruction for propagating native plants from hardwood cuttings (by WSU Extension)
  • Conserving Oregon White Oak on Urban and Suburban Landscapes – local how-to-guide for landscaping with White Oak (by Mark Griswold Wilson and Ted Labbe).
  • Meadowscaping Handbook – colorful book outlining locally-specific best practices for designing and installing a native meadow (by 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 (by East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District)
  • Managing Steep Slopes – handout (by Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District)
  • Sheet Mulching to Restore Soils – handout (by East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District)

Landscape Designs

 

PESTICIDES REDUCTION

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT & SOIL HEALTH

WILDLIFE STEWARDSHIP

VOLUNTEER FORMS