Are you a Good Neighbour to Nature?
This project is for residents who want to develop functional and attractive landscapes that work with nature, rather than against it. These “naturescapes” usually require less water and maintenance. HAT can help you achieve you land use goals without compromising water quality and other natural values.
Habitat Acquisition Trust is working to learn from locals about important natural areas, and help people understand and care for nature including habitat in your Watershed.
This year, the goal of the Ayum & Veitch Creeks Good Neighbours Project is to engage our Sooke and area community in solutions to significant local conservation issues and to promote community appreciation of healthy natural habitats. HAT staff will visit many interested landowners in key areas to provide personalized landscape prescriptions on topics like soil erosion, pests, forest health, water quality, composting, and invasive species.
By helping property owners pursue sustainable land uses, HAT can foster volunteer stewardship around the most rare and sensitive natural areas.
HAT will be offering workshops and free confidential property visits to help residents of these important watersheds and surrounding Sooke area steward nature on their land. To become a HAT Habitat Steward, we ask landowners to commit to a Stewardship Agreement of the following goal areas:
- Use of efficient irrigation and naturescaping with native plants
- Eliminate use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers
- Remove invasive plants like broom and daphne
- Keep oil and other toxics out of storm drains
- Maintain soil by mulching leaves
- Plant and protect buffers along water edges
Qualified Landowners can also receive:
- Land Care Visit & Stewardship Plan on topics like native plant gardening, wildlife habitat enhancement, soil erosion, pests, water quality, composting, and invasive species.
- Invasive Species Removal from our hardworking summer interns to remove invasive plants safely and effectively
- Native Plantings you may be eligible for free native plants – and installation – to qualified landowners
- Guidance and Recognition to longer term residents already pursuing stewardship goals