Why Practice Backyard Conservation?
The everyday decisions we make at home greatly affect our environment. Increased urbanization means more impervious surfaces and runoff and less wildlife habitat. Our water, soil, air, and wildlife depend on us for their protection and adopting conservation practices is one important way in which we can preserve the environment for future generations.
In this fast-paced world, we recognize that connecting back to nature is an excellent way to relieve stress and anxiety. By preserving the natural resources around our home, we can spend less time maintaining our yards and more time enjoying them.
What benefits does Backyard Conservation provide?
Awards and Recognition
District Showcase Award 2016 - Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Outstanding Individual of the Year 2016 - Claire Lane, Indiana Urban Forest Council
Exceptional Commitment to Conservation 2016 - White River Alliance
Green Light Award- Heartland BYC - Sustainable Indiana 2016
In the news
IndyStar - These landscaping plants are now illegal in Indiana (4.21.20)
National Association of Conservation Districts Quarterly Newsletter
Improving Public Perception of Native Plantings Handout
Maintenance and Fun Activities for your Prairie Booklet
Streambank Stabilization Booklet
Turf to Prairie Cost Savings Info
Your Yard Your Shrub Booklet - Homeowners Guide
See our invasives page!
Hamilton County Master Gardener Education Center
Do you have a gardening, pest, or turfgrass question? Get free assistance from the Hamilton County Master Gardeners by emailing email@example.com.
Stormwater Credits/Rebate Programs
City of Carmel
Rain Barrel rebate program info
Rain garden & water quality practice rebates may be available. Contact the City of Carmel Stormwater Program for more info.
City of Fishers
Fishers Stormwater Info & Free Rain Barrel Pledge
Drainage and Water Quality Matching Grants