Preserve, Restore and Enrich Wildlife Habitat
Urban growth often comes at the expense of natural habitat, degrading and fragmenting sensitive plant communities, wetlands, and riparian corridors that provide habitat for local fish, wildlife and pollinators. New development in Bainbridge Island should protect and restore habitat on site and connect to local habitat corridors.
a. Incorporate existing natural habitat and landscape into site design.
b. Connect new landscaped areas and fragmented habitat to networks of open space and larger habitat corridors wherever possible.
c. Consider porous fencing, hedging and shrubs to define property edges, or gaps in fencing and reduce barriers to wildlife.
d. Promote continuous habitat through private or communal landscaped areas and repair gaps in identified wildlife corridors wherever possible.