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.
Awards and Recognition
District Showcase Award 2016 - Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
*View photos from our DS bus tour on Facebook.
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
Free help and financial assistance is available!
Free site visits and technical assistance on how to incorporate the practices below is available. Financial assistance may also be available through the BYC Cost Share program to help you implement these strategies! Learn more about the conservation practices below and contact Claire Lane, Urban Conservationist, to set up your free site visit!
Learn more about conservation practices:
What Benefits Does Backyard Conservation Provide?
How do I get involved?
If you are interested in seeing what practices may work on your property, contact our office today! We will arrange a free site visit during which we can note any trouble areas, discuss your goals, and see what practices may work on your land. The SWCD will create a conservation plan with all the information you need to put your plan into action!
Other Helpful Resources:
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
Your Yard Your Tree Booklet (coming soon)
What's that weird plant? Identifying common invasives
Techniques for Invasive Plant Control
Restoring Native Shrubs after Controlling Invasives
Restoring Native Wildflowers after Controlling Invasives
City of Carmel Stormwater Credits (rain barrels, rain gardens, etc.)
Carmel Storm Water Utility Fee Credit Manual can be found here. The rain barrel rebate application is on the last three pages.
Fishers Stormwater Info & Free Rain Barrel Pledge
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The mission of the Backyard Conservation Program is to provide technical and educational assistance to help urban landowners in Hamilton County implement conservation practices. These practices protect our soil, water, air, and wildlife while providing beauty and enjoyment for the homeowner and community