Best Habitat Creation Project in the Bay

This category recognizes restoration projects that create or restore a high-quality blend of wetland or upland wildlife habitats. This year, separate awards will be made for projects that are: 1) primarily forest creation, such as riparian or urban forest planting that achieve a minimum 75% tree canopy, or 2) primarily meadow enhancement or conservation landscaping (max 25% tree canopy). Stream restoration projects are not eligible under this category but may be submitted for “Best Stream Restoration”.

Strong contenders in this category will demonstrate how the project:

  1. Utilizes native plantings suitable to the soil and water conditions at the site to create diverse habitat zones
  2. Results in at least 20,000 square feet of habitat that is protected from future disturbance
  3. Has a responsible authority that can maintain the habitat over time and help control invasive plants
  4. Encourages access for the public to explore and learn about the habitats

Projects will receive extra points if they:

  1. Connect with other habitat areas or the stream corridor
  2. Treat the quality of stormwater runoff from upland development or
  3. Attract pollinators, amphibians, songbirds, waterfowl and other wildlife to the project site