Nurture nature

Stewardship in your backyard

Taking care of the state's natural resources, which face increasing pressures and demands from a growing population, is a task that requires everyone to lend a hand at whatever level they can.

One of the best places to begin is right where you live. Whether it's a narrow urban lot or a 40-acre woodland, your "backyard" is an important part of a larger natural community or ecosystem. The large expanse of neatly trimmed turf that's pleasing to some is a very inhospitable environment for wildlife, and the practices necessary to maintain such a landscape often contribute to water quality problems. By making different landscaping choices, property owners can do their part to assure healthier habitat and cleaner lakes and rivers. Check out some of the information available here and go to work.

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