WFD is an initiative of the NCWF, The Wildlife Resources Commission and the NC chapter of the America Society of Landscape Architects. The goal is to safeguard vital wildlife habitat by utilizing sustainable development practices, while optimizing the homeowner’s property value and quality of life. Developers and planners work together in the early stages of the planning process to minimize the effects of development on wildlife.
What significant things can developers and urban landscapers do to attract and protect birds, wildlife and biodiversity?
- Avoid planting invasive non-native plants and add more native plants and trees. Non-natives disrupt the entire food web because native insects depend on native plants. Native insects and small animals are vital in rearing baby birds and other wildlife.
- Properties landscaped with solely native plants sustain not only a greater number of birds, but more species of birds. A wide diversity of native birds indicates a healthy ecosystem.
- Eliminate use of pesticides. Seek safer methods.
About one of our WFD certified sites…
Woodlands at Davidson is a 50-acre residential neighborhood located near Davidson and a certified Wildlife Friendly Development. The developer, John Robbins, incorporated wildlife-friendly features into the residential development… maintaining a large area of forested land, streams and wetlands that is now used as a common green space by the homeowners.
Native plants were used for landscaping, and building in ways that caused the least disturbance to wildlife. Nature trails wind through The Woodlands for the residents to enjoy, along with a crabapple orchard.
The enthusiasm our homeowners have shown for the amenities and for the wildlife is heartwarming,” Robbins said. “We have homeowners planting the right species, putting up birdfeeders and birdhouses, and generally embracing what we have started as their way of life.”