West Virginia residents can have land designated ‘wild yard’

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia residents who landscape for wildlife use can have their land designated a “wild yard.”

The program has 300 members around the state and is operated through the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to create a more natural habitat for wildlife around the state.

Wildlife biologist Jim Fregonara says landowners who apply, provide a habitat plan, and demonstrate that their property meets the needs of native wildlife will be added to a register of wild yards.

They also receive a certificate for participating in the program and a signpost to display in the yard.

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