Bring Conservation Home--Certification Criteria
- Use native plants to landscape at least 5% of available property.
- Include at least 2 of the 4 canopy levels.
- Eradicate Bush Honeysuckle from at least 50% of the property and 100% of the Silver level Invasive plants.
- Complete 3 items from Wildlife Stewardship and 1 item from Stormwater Management .
- Develop plan to reach Gold Certification (recommended).
- Use native plants to landscape at least 15% of available property.
- Include at least 3 of the 4canopy levels.
- Eradicate Bush Honeysuckle from 75% of property and 100% of the Silver and Gold Levels invasive plants.
- Accomplish 4 items from Wildlife Stewardship, 2 items from Stormwater Management, and 1 item from Education and Volunteerism.
- Develop plan to reach Platinum Certification (recommended).
- Use native plants to landscape at least 50% of available property.
- Include all 4 canopy levels.
- Eradicate 100% of the invasive plants listed for all three levels.
- Accomplish 6 items from Wildlife Stewardship, 3 items from Stormwater Management, and 2 items from Education and Volunteerism.
Canopy Levels: (1) wildflowers/grasses, (2) shrubs, (3) understory trees, and (4) canopy trees. <top>
Invasive Plants <top>
Silver Level: Bush Honeysuckle (at least 50% of property), Garlic Mustard, Purple Loosestrife, White Sweet Clover, Yellow Sweet Clover, Canada Thistle, Musk Thistle, Common Teasel, Star-of-Bethlehem, Wintercreeper (from vertical surfaces).
Gold Level: Bush Honeysuckle (at least 75% of property), Field Bindweed, Spotted Knapweed, Kudzu, Oriental Bittersweet, Autumn Olive, Burning Bush/Winged Euonymous, Tree of Heaven, Golden Rain Tree, Siberian Elm, English Ivy.
Platinum Level: Bush Honeysuckle (all), Johnson Grass, Crown Vetch, Sericea Lespedeza, Japanese Honeysuckle, Japanese Hops, Privets (all species), Mimosa, Bradford/Callery Pear, 100% of All Wintercreeper.
Wildlife Stewardship <top>
- Plant a butterfly garden in full sun with at least 6 different native wildflower, shrub or tree species that furnish nectar for adults or leaves for caterpillars.
- Plant a woodland wildflower garden with at least 6 different native wildflower species adapted to shade.
- Plant a songbird garden with at least 3 different species of native shrubs and/or trees that provide fruits for residential or migrating songbirds.
- Plant a hummingbird garden with at least 4 different species of native wildflowers, shrubs and/or trees.
- Install one bird house and monitor to keep out non-native birds (i.e. starlings, English house sparrows, etc.
- Install a wildlife water feature (includes a bird bath)
- Install one bat house.
- Convert outdoor cats to strictly indoor cats or use an outdoor enclosure
- Implement a plan to reduce bird/window collisions.
Stormwater Management <top>
- Eliminate all chemical pesticides & fertilizers (except for application of herbicides to eradicate invasive plants).
- Reduce and maintain the amount of manicured turf grass and impervious surfaces (cement, asphalt, etc.) to less than 10% of property (minus the footprint of house).
- Install a 50-gallon rain barrel to the guttering system and use rainwater around your home.
- Plant 2 large, native trees to absorb rainwater or stabilize slopes
- Install a rain garden on your lot or another residential lot.
- Actively participate in planning or installing a large-scale rain garden on non-residential grounds.
- Install a “green ecoroof” that helps to detain or retain stormwater.
Education and Volunteerism <top>
- Participate in wildlife-oriented citizen science program (i.e. Project FeederWatch, NestWatch, etc.).
- Recruit two other participants into the SLAS Bring Conservation Home Program
- Volunteer your property, and get accepted, to be showcased in native plant/wildlife garden tours.
- Train and volunteer to inspect and mentor others in participation in the Bring Conservation Home Program.
- Volunteer for two or more SLAS activities/projects.
- Participate in two different continuing education nature classes in conjunction with the Master Naturalist Certificate (joint program of SLAS and St. Louis Community College at Meramec).