City & Audubon Society Partner to Bring Conservation Program to Residents at Special Rate
The City of Maryland Heights is partnering with the Audubon Society to make their Bring Conservation Home program available to residents at a reduced rate. The program provides on-site assistance to small, private landowners in the greater St. Louis area for the restoration of native plant and animal habitat on their grounds.
The Bring Conservation Home program offers advice in landscaping with environmentally healthy and sustainable native plant species, the removal of invasive plant species such as bush honeysuckle, water conservation on the urban landscape, and other stewardship practices that promote healthy habitat for birds, native wildlife and people.
For only $25, Audubon Society's trained habitat technicians will perform a landscape assessment of your property using the program criteria and provide you a written report with simple steps to improve its habitat value. A follow-up visit will be performed upon request, and with compliance to the initial recommendations, you will be awarded one of three different levels of achievement (silver, gold or platinum). Once certified, you will have the option to acquire a yard sign that will highlight your accomplishment to your friends and neighbors.
For more information, please visit www.stlouisaudubon.org/conservation/BCH/index.php or check out the Audubon Society’s booth at the upcoming Home Expo ETC hosted by the Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce and scheduled for Saturday, March 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Community Center. More information on the Expo is available on page 3 of this newsletter.
Maryland Heights is also pleased to host the 7th annual Partners for Native Landscaping Workshop on Saturday, March 31st from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Community Center. The keynote speaker will be Ted Spaid, co-founder of SWT Design, and breakout session topics are expected to include gardening for wildlife, rainscaping, and native gardening practices. Native plants will be available for purchase and various organizations will be on hand to answer questions on native gardening and related topics. Register online at www.stlouisaudubon.org/PNL2018/.