Certified Wildlife Habitat

Certified Wildlife Habitat meets three requirements including: providing food for wildlife, supplying water for wildlife, and creating cover for wildlife. Provision of food and cover typically includes planting native vegetation on which local wildlife can thrive and incorporating thickets, shrubs, trees, and other vegetation. The sustainable gardening practices encouraged by the Natural Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Program encourages practices that hold water on your property, encourage the transfer of water from the surface water system, and often incorporate many of the practices identified as part of TippEcoNow. Native plants, native trees, green roofs, rain gardens, and bioswales all provide food and cover for wildlife, while rain gardens and rain barrels can be used to supply water for wildlife.

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National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat Certification
Indiana Wildlife Federation