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.
Free help and financial assistance is available!
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
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!
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
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