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Weekend project: Create a backyard habitat

Here's how to get started on creating a healthier yard.

The challenge

Set aside one weekend this month to start transforming your yard to create a healthier, more inviting place for people and wildlife. This includes removing invasive plants, planting native plants, welcoming wildlife, managing storm water and avoiding pesticides.


Creating a natural backyard habitat aids wildlife — including bees, butterflies and other pollinators that are in decline. A natural habitat also helps manage storm water to protect our rivers and streams. Removing invasive plants allows native plants to thrive.

How to get started

If you live in Portland, Gresham, Fairview or Lake Oswego, contact the Backyard Habitat Certification Program, from Columbia Land Trust and the Audubon Society of Portland. After receiving a site assessment ($35) and plant recommendations, you can dig in and start restoring habitat. Once your restoration is complete, you’ll earn a “Certified Backyard Habitat” sign. PGE is a sponsor of this program.

Learn more about the Backyard Habitat Certification Program.

If you live outside the cities listed above, see the National Wildlife Federation website for step-by-step instructions on how to create a certified wildlife habitat.