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Backyard Habitat Certification Program Expands to New Clackamas County Cities

Thanks in large part to support from the Clackamas Soil & Water Conservation District and Metro regional government, new areas of Clackamas County are now able to participate in this popular program. Beginning in March, properties (under one acre) in Milwaukie, West Linn, and the Oak Grove and Jennings Lodge area can receive our full suite of program services.

The last of the snow has melted and our gardens are shaking off the shadows of this exceptionally intense winter. Buds of red-flowering current and Indian plum are fattening, ready to burst and early spring bulbs are cresting the soil; all exciting signs of spring to come. As our gardens eagerly wait and gardeners are itching to put our green thumbs back into the earth, the Backyard Habitat Certification Program is also gearing up to take its next big leap. 

Thanks in large part to support from the Clackamas Soil & Water Conservation District and Metro regional government, new areas of Clackamas County are now able to participate in this popular program. Beginning in March, properties (under one acre) in Milwaukie, West Linn, and the Oak Grove and Jennings Lodge area can receive our full suite of program services; from site assessments and high-quality technical assistance, staggering discounts on native plants, to eventually earning your very own Backyard Habitat Certification plaque. 

Since 2009 the Backyard Habitat Certification Program, operated jointly with the Columbia Land Trust, is creating a region where people and wildlife thrive together. As a result, our region now boasts more than 3,700 backyard habitats; yards where program participants are controlling invasive weeds, planting native species, eliminating pesticide use, improving their onsite stormwater management and stewarding wildlife. Cumulatively these yards span more than 875 acres and act as crucial networks of habitat connectivity across an increasingly urbanized landscape. 

More than 75 new Clackamas County properties are already standing by on our waitlist, ready for their personalized habitat assessment.  If you live in this new Clackamas County service area, join the momentum by enrolling today at www.backyardhabitats.org

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