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Backyard Habitats for Climate Resiliency
Local wildlife like birds, butterflies, salamanders, and bees rely on native plant communities for habitat. But habitat loss and fragmentation due to development, non-native invasive species, pollution, and climate change mean wildlife is struggling.
Rockville property owners can help wildlife and take action on climate change by incorporating native plants, trees, and other habitat elements on their properties to improve habitat connectivity, create wildlife corridors, increase biodiversity, and build climate resilient landscapes throughout the city.
Learn the basics in this Climate-Resilient Gardening Storymap from the University of Maryland. Find resources, links and ideas for getting started below.
Rockville, MD 20850
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Replace Lawns with Native PlantsReplacing even a small portion of your lawn with native plants and trees has a big impact for wildlife and climate resiliency.
Create Wildlife HabitatIn 2016, Rockville was recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as the 88th certified Community Wildlife Habitat. Join the effort and certify your property.
Remove Non-Native Invasive Species
(and don't plant them!)
Removing, and not planting, non-native invasive plants will help improve biodiversity and create more resilient greenspaces.
Do you rent or live in an apartment, condo or townhome? Here's how you can help!
- Plant a native container garden for your patio or balcony.
- Plant natives in a community garden.
- Encourage your community organization to plant natives on common property.
- Partner with a local school to create a Schoolyard Habitat.
- Volunteer at Rockville Weed Warrior Workdays.
Stay Informed and Get Involved