Bring Conservation Home--Certification Criteria

Certification Levels. (print version)
Certification at the Silver, Gold, or Platinum Level is awarded upon meeting the criteria below.

Silver

  • 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).

Gold

Platinum


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).

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