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Landscape

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Support Healthy Habitat in the Landscape

INTENT

Supporting and creating habitat strengthens a network of ecologically productive landscapes. Designing landscapes that are well adapted to unique microclimates of a project can help provide natural food sources and cover from predators and inclement weather and mitigate the effects of human disturbance on wildlife populations.


Guidelines
 

a.    Preserve large trees and other significant existing vegetation that contributes to larger biological and ecological systems


b.    Design plantings to support stormwater retention, infiltration and aquifer recharge


c.    Promote biodiversity though plantings that attractive to birds, pollinators and other wildlife


d.    Prioritize low maintenance, drought resistant native plantings