Wildlife-Friendly Designation Questionnaire The Maurice River Watershed has remarkable water quality, abundant open space, and plentiful biodiversity: no small feat for a region in America’s most densely populated state. However, poor land-use practices can compromise the health of the watershed. When the workings of a watershed are impaired, it causes serious problems: flooding water shortages surface run-off soil erosion change in water flow water contamination invasion by exotic plants loss of habitat property damage from storm surges The condition of streams and rivers is a reflection of the diverse land uses within the watershed. Land management decisions made on residential properties ultimately impact the health of the entire river basin and community. Poor land use leads to dirtier water, less water, and damaged habitats, while good land use has positive impacts on: water quality water regeneration healthy habitat This Wildlife-Friendly Designation Application recognizes residents who implement best management practices. Awardees are making a concerted effort to promote healthy habitat in the Maurice River Watershed by reducing the amount of water they withdraw from the Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer and minimizing the quantity of non-point source pollution stemming from their property. They also manage their property to create a stopover or link for wildlife between preserved natural areas. These stewards accomplish this by providing a natural landscape that supports native plant communities and offers wildlife these three essentials: food, shelter, and water. Respond "yes" or "no" to whether you have included the actions from the following list into your management routine. Each yes answer is the equivalent of one stewardship point, while no responses represent opportunities to expand on your best management practices. Applicant Name(s) Property Address City E-mail Phone Eligibility Do you live within the perimeters of the Maurice River Watershed shown in the map below?YesNoIf you answered yes, your residence or property is eligible for wildlife-friendly designation. Answer the questions below to apply. 1. Reducing Withdrawals from the Aquifer I protect river and wetland habitats as well as drinking water reserves by…taking pointed actions to curb overall water waste indoorsYesNofixing faucet, pipe, and toilet leaks immediatelyYesNoreplacing older fixtures with low flow modelsYesNoupdating dish and clothes washers with eco-friendly modelsYesNoreducing lawn cover by steadily increasing the use of native floraYesNoharvesting water from downspouts in rain barrels and reusing it in the gardenYesNotaking household vehicle(s) to a car wash that recycles waterYesNoteaching younger family members the importance of water conservationYesNoreforesting clear-cut areas with native shrub and tree speciesYesNoceasing to water lawn space and other exotic floraYesNo2. Minimizing Non-Point Source Pollution I protect water quality by…switching to biodegradable and/or organic personal hygiene products and cleaning agentsYesNodisposing of medicines at official drop-off pointsYesNoidentifying the types of contaminants potentially washing off my propertyYesNoreplacing hard, impermeable surfaces with porous onesYesNoextending downspouts into garden bedsYesNousing landscape contours to keep storm water on the propertyYesNoinstalling native plant rain garden(s) to promote infiltration vs. run-offYesNoreforesting a clear-cut area with native shrubs and treesYesNorestoring a stream/river bank to its natural condition by removing rubble or hardscaping and/or by planting a native bufferYesNomaintaining the health of mature native trees and shrubsYesNoending the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides (insecticides/herbicides) by replacing them with all-natural alternativesYesNocomposting and using the organic material to fertilize vs. applying engineered fertilizersYesNocombating mosquitoes and harmful pests using integrated pest managementYesNorefraining from using chemical de-icing products and salts after snowfallYesNomonitoring my septic tank annually and servicing it every 3-5 yearsYesNoeliminating the use of manufactured fertilizers and pesticides completelyYesNo3. Creating Stopover Habitat Between Natural Areas I provide shelter, food and water for native wildlife communities by… SHELTERre-creating the characteristics of nearby natural habitat on my propertyYesNobuilding a brush pileYesNoinstalling, maintaining and monitoring avian nesting boxesYesNoleaving leaf litter and dried plants on the property over winter as mulchYesNoadding and maintaining a beneficial insect hotelYesNomaintaining or planting a layered arboretumYesNoleaving dead and/or fallen trees to decay when safeYesNoFOODplanting native flora species that are hosts for specialized butterflies and mothsYesNoreducing lawn cover vastly by replacing it with a garden area complete with native nectar plantsYesNoplanting a variety of native food sources for wildlifeYesNoincorporating a variety of native vines, trees, and bushes that bear fruitsYesNoplanting native flora species that provide a source of seeds and nuts, and letting them stand through the hard winter monthsYesNoplanting a variety of native food sources for wildlifeYesNoWATERbuilding a fish-less pond that resembles natural ponds in the areaYesNocreating a vernal pondYesNomanaging storm water to create backyard aquatic habitatYesNoincorporating a container pondYesNomaintaining a variety of birdbaths throughout the year, changing water every 5 days to avoid mosquito breedingYesNocreating a puddling spot for butterfliesYesNoERADICATING INVASIVE SPECIESbuying only native flora species and no exotic speciesYesNoresearching the native range, benefits and disadvantages of each new flora species incorporated into my gardenYesNoremoving invasive flora speciesYesNosupporting native plant nurseriesYesNokeeping cats and exotic pets insideYesNokeeping gutters clean and avoiding standing water so as not to support exotic mosquitoesYesNoTime is Up!