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An informational flyer titled "Varieties, Cultivars, and Hybrids" from the Backyard Habitat Certification Program. It defines these terms and includes images of Ponderosa pine trees. The flyer explains the differences and provides examples of native and cultivated varieties.

Varieties, Cultivars, and Hybrids

By Susie Peterson / May 20, 2024

When shopping for native plants, you may notice variations on how plants are named. What do these variations mean and which ones are best for supporting wildlife? Here are a…

Getting To Know The Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / March 8, 2024

WE ARE A SERVICE ORGANIZATION. The Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is a special service district headquartered in Oregon City, Oregon. We are governed by a board of…

WeedWise Program (for Clackamas County Participants)

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / March 8, 2024

The Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District created the WeedWise Program in 2009 to deliver more effective weed management strategies within Clackamas County.

Watershed Navigator (for Tualatin River Watershed Participants)

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / March 8, 2024

The Watershed Navigator is a resource for people who live and play in Oregon’s Tualatin River Watershed. It includes tools for your home, yard, and community and where to access…

WMSWCD’s Handout (for Portland Participants)

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / March 8, 2024

West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District provides resources, information, and expertise to inspire people to actively improve air and water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and soil health. The…

A poster with the title "TREEBATE: small investment BIG RETURNS." It shows a family in a yard with trees. A child swings on a tire, two adults grill food, and another child sits on the grass. The text promotes a utility bill credit for planting trees.

BES’ Treebate (for Portland Residents)

By Mariah Jiang / March 8, 2024

Trees help keep our rivers and streams healthy. You can beautify your property and improve your community by planting a tree. Get a one-time credit on your City of Portland…

Integrated Pest Management

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / March 8, 2024

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a multi-step pest control approach that aims to reduce pests while minimizing the use of pesticides. It involves identifying potential pests and implementing plans to…

A graphic with a blue background featuring black silhouettes of tree branches and a cat. The center of the image has a black bar with the white text "Take the Pledge!.

Cats Safe At Home

By Mariah Jiang / March 8, 2024

Every cat deserves a safe home where they are loved, cared for, and kept free from hazards, yet tens of thousands of stray and feral cats roam our urban landscape,…

Backyard Habitat’s Certification Criteria Document

By Mariah Jiang / March 8, 2024

Visit the Certification Criteria page on our website or this PDF document, which details the same information.

Text reads "Native Plants" overlaid with an image of plants, a butterfly, and a ladybug. Below the text is an illustration of purple flowers and more ladybugs with accompanying text about the benefits of using native plants in landscaping to control erosion.

BES’ Willamette Valley Native Plants Poster

By Mariah Jiang / March 8, 2024

Naturescape for clean rivers and for wildlife habitat! Native plants are adapted to the climate and are naturally resistant to native pests and diseases. They require less water and need…

A dense growth of green plants covers a forested area. A large sign with a green background and yellow border in the foreground reads, "Invasive Plants." Below it, a yellow bar with black text reads, "Help Stop.

BES’ Help Stop Invasive Plants Poster

By Mariah Jiang / March 8, 2024

Plants that are not native to our area reproduce rapidly and can spread quickly from yards and roadsides into parks and natural areas. Once there, they can inhibit the establishment…

Metro’s Native Plants for Willamette Valley Yards Booklet

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / March 8, 2024

The native plants for Willamette Valley yards booklet includes 140 plants primarily native to the Portland metropolitan area. The guide offers detailed information on sun and moisture requirements, wildlife benefits,…

Take the Pledge to Go Lights Out

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / March 8, 2024

Bird Alliance of Oregon’s Lights Out program helps reduce the impacts of light pollution on birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles, plants, and humans. It also saves energy and money, reduces…

Tips for Reducing Birds Window Strikes

By Susie Peterson / March 8, 2024

Article by Bird Alliance of Oregon

Backyard Habitat’s Welcome Letter

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / March 8, 2024

On behalf of our two organizations, Columbia Land Trust and Bird Alliance of Oregon, Backyard Habitat wants to thank you for joining the thousands of other yards and greenspaces in…

Bird Alliance of Oregon’s Welcome Letter

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / March 8, 2024

Columbia Land Trust’s Welcome Letter

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / March 8, 2024

EMSWCD’s Workshops and Events 

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / October 21, 2023

by East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District.

Naturescaping with Native Plants 

By Dennis Vieira / October 21, 2023

Handout by the BHCP.

Naturescaping with the Backyard Habitat Program Video Presentation

By Dennis Vieira / October 21, 2023

Recorded presentation (4 1/2 minutes) explaining naturescaping in the context of the program.