FAQs, Project Guidances and training videos to help navigate your Conservation Certification application preparation.

What is Conservation Certification?
WHC Conservation Certification recognizes site-based wildlife and habitat management and conservation education efforts. Offsite activities can be included in a Conservation Certification program if they are tied to the site-based habitat or species efforts.

What is a site?
A site is a physical location where program activities occur. In instances where there are multiple sites in close proximity to one another being managed in the same way by the same team, these efforts can be combined into a single program. The resulting combined program follows the same project division criteria as any other program. As a result, management of a specific type of project across multiple sites is considered a single project. For example, a program that includes three sites with similar native landscaping habitats at each site would contain one Landscaped habitat project.

Why habitat type?
A project takes place in a habitat. We adapted a list of habitat categories from the IUCN. You will need to provide basic information about the habitat during the application process.

What are the possible projects?
Habitat Projects:
Caves and Subterranean
Marine Intertidal
Rocky Areas
Other Habitat

Species Management Projects:
Invasive Species
Reptiles and Amphibians
Other Species Management

Education and Awareness Projects:
Awareness and Community Engagement
Formal Learning
Other Education and Awareness

Other Options Projects:
Green Infrastructure*
Integrated Vegetation Management
Land Conservation Agreements*
Species of Concern*
Invasive Species – Coordinated Approaches*

* These “Other Options” projects alone will not qualify a program for Conservation Certification. In order to qualify for Conservation Certification, these “Other Options” projects must be accompanied by at least one qualifying habitat, species, or education project. 

What are the fees?
USD 250 per new program registration*
USD 1,000 per application for members
USD 2,000 per application for non-members

*Existing programs, including Wildlife at Work and Corporate Lands for Learning programs that have not expired, are not charged a registration fee. Programs that utilize WHC strategy and planning services before registering online may have their registration fee waived. Contact your WHC relationship manager or email us.

Fees may change at the beginning of any calendar year.

What are the qualifying questions?
For a project to qualify toward Conservation Certification, you must be able to answer “yes” to five questions.

  1. Is the project locally appropriate?
  2. Does it have a stated conservation or education objective?
  3. Does it provide value or benefit to the natural community?
  4. Have outcomes been measured and is there supporting documentation?
  5. Does it exceed any pertinent regulatory requirements?

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