Community Wildlife Habitat

Community Wildlife Habitat Initiative

Lancaster Conservancy is excited to partner with the National Wildlife Federation to form a Community Wildlife Habitat Initiative. Our mission is to work with local property owners, schools, places of worship, and communities to encourage the planting of native plants and trees as well as gardens that reduce stormwater runoff while providing habitat that will benefit wildlife and attract pollinators.

Habitat Steward

Train with PA Master Naturalists to volunteer with others to create native habitat. A 24-hour training course covers topics such as the relationship between wildlife and plants, exceptional habitat feature, site analysis, sustainable practices, and invasive plants.

To learn more about both of these programs or to have someone visit your property please email Linda Ferich at lferich@lancasterconservancy.org.

Create Habitat

Creating native habitat can be done in a few simple steps that are good for the environment and have curb appeal.   You can start by planting several native plants each year, pulling out the invasive plants and strategically placing a tree in order to capture water.

Benefits of Natives Trees & Plants​​

  • Critical to pollinators (birds, bees & other insects)
  • More adaptable to area
  • Requires less water for maintenance
  • Absorption of water increases
  • Keeps pollutants and sediment out of the water
  • Increases wildlife habitat
  • Increases air quality

 

 

Native plants are at the heart of a pollinator-friendly garden providing food and host plant benefits beyond what most non-native plants can offer in any landscape.  There are over 2,100 PA native plants of many colors, shapes and sizes attracting a variety of pollinators like bees, butterflies, beetles, and moths to perform their essential pollination services.

Pollinators play a critical role in the reproduction of 90% of all flowering plants, and are involved in the production of about one out of every three bites of food that humans eat.

Common Invasive Plants To Avoid

Invasive plants are those that:

  • Are not native to an area
  • Spread quickly
  • Little to no pollinator value
  • Cause economic/environmental harm,or harm to human health

List of common invasive plants in our area.

Full list of invasive plants from PA Department of Conservation and National Resources.

Rain Gardens

Rain gardens are simple solutions to capture and retain stormwater close to the source, preventing polluted runoff. The average quarter acre lot (with a 2,500 square foot home) can contribute over 5,000 gallons of polluted runoff in a single 1 inch rainfall event.

Sample layout