Maintaining Biodiversity

  • Adopt a habitat connectivity plan or specify habitat connectivity goals and initiatives in a related conservation plan.
  • Implement zoning ordinances to support habitat connectivity goals.
  • Designate vegetation protection areas.
  • Offer incentives for meeting the requirements that increase when developers exceed the requirements. Vegetation protection areas should have one or more zones that are fully protected from development.
  • Implement an invasive species education program.

  • Identify threatened or endangered flora and fauna and the habitat of threatened or endangered species. Local governments can work with their state department of natural resources to identify threatened and endangered species.
  • Consider the species and their habitat in all planning and land-use decisions with an emphasis on protection and conservation.
  • Adopt policies to protect and maintain significant habitat existence, and develop plans to expand these locations or replicate these habitat types.

  • Make a formal commitment to use native plants in new public or publicly-supported landscaping projects and convert existing non-native landscapes on public property.
  • Conduct educational outreach on the importance of native landscaping and healthy habitats to support sensitive species.
  • Support private-sector or residential habitat restoration projects.

Source Documents

These strategies are adapted from existing federal, state, and other resources. Please view these strategies in the context provided by the primary source document: