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State encouraging landowners to apply for Wild Yard certification


The program, which has 300 members around the state, recognizes the efforts of landowners who landscape for wildlife use, according to Jim Fregonara, a wildlife biologist for the division.

"We want to encourage private citizens, whether they have a little bit of property or own a lot of land, to help wildlife thrive by providing them with food, water, shelter, and space," Fregona said.

Fregonara says landowners who apply and provide a habitat plan and demonstrate that their property meets the needs of native wildlife will be certified and added to a state-wide register of wild yards.

Successful applicants also receive a certificate designating them as a participant in the program and a signpost to display in their yard.

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