Wildlife habitat friendly residential development certification program developed in North Carolina designed to get designers, developers and wildlife biologists talking early in the process.
(2010) Developed by the North Carolina Wildlife Commission, the North Carolina Wildlife Federation and the North Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The Wildlife Friendly Development Certification program is a voluntary program designed to formally recognize residential developments where developers have gone above and beyond current rules and regulations to protect wildlife habitat and reduce environmental impacts. This program is designed to get developers and biologists talking early and to identify important natural resources prior to beginning a new development project. Within the program, development projects are evaluated using criteria that cover everything from wetland protection and stream crossings to trail design and landscaping.
This program has the potential to protect priority wildlife habitat while increasing property values and enhancing quality of life for residents.