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Backyard Conservation

Bringing conservation from the countryside to your backyard

Backyard Conservation garden and feeders

Just as they do on the farm, conservation practices on nonagricultural land can help increase food and shelter for birds and other wildlife, control soil erosion, reduce sediment in waterways, conserve water and improve water quality, inspire a stewardship ethic, and beautify the landscape.

Backyard Conservation shows you how conservation practices that help conserve and improve natural resources on agricultural land across the country can be adapted for use around your home. These practices help the environment and can make your yard more attractive and enjoyable. Most backyard conservation practices are easy to use. America's farmers and ranchers have been using these practices successfully for decades.

Whether you have rural acreage, a suburban yard, or a city lot, you can help protect the environment and add beauty and interest to your surroundings. Ten conservation practices have been scaled down for homeowners.

Backyard Conservation magazine and tip sheets

Download our Backyard Conservation magazine and tip sheets for more information on bringing conservation to your backyard.

Backyard Conservation magazine

Download tip sheets on 10 different topics: 


See sample news releases and features on Backyard Conservation.

Backyard Conservation is a cooperative project of the National Association of Conservation Districts , the Wildlife Habitat Council , the National Audubon Society, and USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Partnership with Audubon

Audubon LogoIn recognition of the increasing importance of backyard habitat to bird life, the National Audubon Society and NRCS work together to engage the public to improve the health and habitat value of backyards and neighborhoods across America. This partnership supports Audubon At Home, a program that promotes conservation action and environmental stewardship starting at home. Annually in mid-February, Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology conduct the Great Backyard Bird Count, supported by NRCS and others. Audubon and NRCS share a common goal to foster an environmental stewardship ethic in all segments of society rural, urban, agricultural and nonagricultural communities.


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