Woodside sits in the midst of one of the most diverse and important ecosystems on earth, and following the Backyard Habitat program's guidelines will help to protect and preserve it for generations to come.
The idea is to embrace and utilize the natural beauty of our region in our landscaping plans, creating a seamless transition between our homes and the magnificent open space which surrounds them. The preservation of open space is directly related to the prservation of habitats for horses including trails. Friends of nature are friends of the horse too.
Criteria for a Property to Receive the Award
- A significant portion of the property should be maintained in a natural state, dominated by native vegetation and free of nonnative invasive plants.
- This part of the property would be unfenced or have wildlife friendly fencing such as open post and rail.
- Streams, including designated stream corridors, intermittent and ephemeral streams, ponds, marshes etc should remain in an open, natural condition (including a clear uninterrupted riparian buffer zone dominated by native vegetation) and must remain accessible to wildlife.
- Where applicable the habitat area should abut designated open space or similar natural areas on neighboring properties.
For more information and to apply for the award, please visit the Town of Woodside Website.