Bringing conservation from the countryside to your backyard
the publication in English or
Just as they do on
the farm, conservation practices on nonagricultural land can help increase food
and shelter for birds and other wildlife, control soil erosion, reduce sediment
in waterways, conserve water and improve water quality, inspire a stewardship
ethic, and beautify the landscape.
"Backyard Conservation" shows you how conservation practices
that help conserve and improve natural resources on agricultural land across the country can be adapted for use around your home. These
practices help the environment and can make your yard more attractive and
enjoyable. Most backyard conservation practices are easy to use. America's farmers and
ranchers have been using these practices successfully for decades.
Whether you have rural acreage, a suburban yard, or a
city lot, you can help protect the environment and add beauty and
interest to your surroundings. Ten conservation practices have been scaled down
for homeowners. Tip sheets offer "how to" steps and helpful hints:
Link to the tip sheets.
Download the tip sheets using Adobe Acrobat format.
The tip sheets and a colorful 28-page booklet on Backyard Conservation are
available free by calling 1-888-LANDCARE (single copies only),
emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting
the NRCS publications web site.
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"Backyard Conservation" is a cooperative
project of the National Association of
Conservation Districts , the Wildlife
Habitat Council , the National Audubon
Society, and USDA's Natural
Resources Conservation Service.
Backyard Conservation Lesson Plans
A series of lesson plans to teach students about Backyard Conservation through
hands-on studies that promote field investigation and action. Lesson plans
are available for elementary grades 3 to 5, middle school grades 6 to 8, and high
school grades 9 to 12.
See sample news releases and features on Backyard Conservation.
recognition of the increasing importance of backyard habitat to bird life, the
National Audubon Society and NRCS work together to engage the public to improve
the health and habitat value of backyards and neighborhoods across America. This
partnership supports Audubon At
Home, a program that promotes conservation action and environmental
stewardship starting at home. Annually in mid-February, Audubon and the Cornell
Lab of Ornithology conduct the Great Backyard Bird Count, supported by NRCS and
others. Audubon and NRCS share a common goal to foster an environmental
stewardship ethic in all segments of society—rural, urban, agricultural and
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