Two backyard habitat participants smile at the camera, one holding their dog, the other holding the Backyard Habitat Certification sign.

It’s All Connected: Ten Years of Restoring the Urban Landscape One Yard at a Time

Can one yard make a difference? The answer is an emphatic yes. More than a decade ago, a handful of neighbors eager to restore native habitat in SW Portland started the first iteration of the Backyard Habitat Certification Program, which ultimately sparked a movement that has now spread to more than 6,000 yards across the Portland-Vancouver Metro Region.

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