Backyard Habitats for Climate Resiliency

Local wildlife like birds, butterflies, salamanders, and bees rely on native plant communities for habitat. But habitat loss and fragmentation due to development, non-native invasive species, pollution, and climate change mean wildlife is struggling.

Rockville property owners can help wildlife and take action on climate change by incorporating native plants, trees, and other habitat elements on their properties to improve habitat connectivity, create wildlife corridors, increase biodiversity, and build climate resilient landscapes throughout the city. 

Learn the basics in this Climate-Resilient Gardening Storymap from the University of Maryland. Find resources, links and ideas for getting started below.

Still have questions? Contact: 

Environmental Management
111 Maryland Ave.
Rockville, MD 20850
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Replace Lawns with Native Plants

Replacing even a small portion of your lawn with native plants and trees has a big impact for wildlife and climate resiliency. 

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Create Wildlife Habitat

In 2016, Rockville was recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as the 88th certified Community Wildlife Habitat. Join the effort and certify your property.

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Remove Non-Native Invasive Species

(and don't plant them!)

Removing, and not planting, non-native invasive plants will help improve biodiversity and create more resilient greenspaces.

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Do you rent or live in an apartment, condo or townhome? Here's how you can help!

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Climate Action Plan

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