WHC Conservation Certification Class Requirements

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Habitat Caves and Subterranean Habitats Contributing Some natives (7a) Exceed (14, 14a) - - -
Habitat Caves and Subterranean Habitats Qualifying Some natives (7a) Exceed (14, 14a) Has(6) Provides (1, 5) Documented (10, 10a, 10c, 10d)
Habitat Desert Contributing Some natives (7a) Exceed (14, 14a) - - -
Habitat Desert Qualifying Some natives (7a) Exceed (14, 14a) Has (6) Provides (1, 5) (10, 10a, 10c, 10d)
Habitat Forest Contributing Some natives (8a) Exceed (14, 14a) - - -
Habitat Forest Qualifying Some natives (8a) Exceed (14, 14a) Has(7) Provides (1, 6) Documented (11, 11a, 11b, 11c)
Habitat Grassland Contributing Some natives (7a) Exceed (14, 14a) - - -
Habitat Grassland Qualifying Some natives (7a) Exceed (14, 14a) Has (6) Provides (1, 5) Documented (10, 10a, 10c, 10d)
Habitat Landscaped Contributing Some natives (8a) Exceed (15, 15a) - - -
Habitat Landscaped Qualifying Some natives (8a) Exceed (15, 15a) Has (7) Provides (1, 6) Documented (11, 11a, 11c, 11d)
Habitat Marine Intertidal Contributing Some natives (7a) Exceed (16, 16a) - - -
Habitat Marine Intertidal Qualifying Some natives (7a) Exceed (16, 16a) Has (6) Provides (1, 5) Documented (12, 12a, 12c, 12d)
Habitat Other Habitats Contributing Some natives (8a) Exceed (17, 17a) - - -
Habitat Other Habitats Qualifying Some natives (8a) Exceed (17, 17a) Has (7) Provides (2, 6) Documented (13, 13b, 13c)
Habitat Rocky Areas Contributing Some natives (7a) Exceed (18, 18a) - - -
Habitat Rocky Areas Qualifying Some natives (7a) Exceed (18, 18a) Has (6) Provides (1, 5) Documented (14, 14a, 14c, 14d)
Habitat Wetlands and Water bodies Contributing Some natives (7a1, 7a2) Exceed (14, 14a, 14b) - - -
Habitat Wetlands and Water bodies Qualifying Some natives (7a1, 7a2) Exceed (14, 14a, 14b) Has (6) Provides (1, 5) Documented (10, 10a, 10c, 10d)


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Species Avain Contributing Targeting natives (1 and 1a, and/or 1 and 1b) Exceed (17, 17a) - - -
Species Avain Qualifying Targeting natives (1 and 1a, and/or 1 and 1b) Exceed (17, 17a) Has (7) Provides (5, 8, 8a1, 8a3) Documented (13, 13a, 13c, 13d)
Species Bats Contributing Targeting natives (1 and 1a, and/or 1 and 1b) Exceed (20, 20a) - - -
Species Bats Qualifying Targeting natives (1 and 1a, and/or 1 and 1b) Exceed (20, 20a) Has (6) Provides (5, 7) Documented (11, 12, 14, 15)
Species Invasive Species Contributing Targeting non-natives (1, 1a; and/or 1, 1b) Exceed (19, 19a) - - -
Species Invasive Species Qualifying Targeting non-natives (1, 1a; and/or 1, 1b) Exceed (19, 19a) Has (8) Provides (7) Documented (10, 10a, 10b, 11, 11a, 11c, 11d)
Species Mammals Contributing Targeting natives (1 and 1a, or 1 and 1b) Exceed (11, 11a) - - -
Species Mammals Qualifying Targeting natives (1 and 1a, or 1 and 1b) Exceed (11, 11a) Has (2) Provides (1f, 3, 3a1, 3a2) Documented (7, 7a, 7c, 7d)
Species Other Species Contributing Targeting natives (2 and 2a, or 2 and 2b) Exceed (16, 16a) - - -
Species Other Species Qualifying Targeting natives (2 and 2a, or 2 and 2b) Exceed (16, 16a) Has (7) Provides (6, 8, 8a1, 8a2) Documented (12, 12b, 12c)
Species Pollinators Contributing Targeting natives (1 and 1a, or 1 and 1b) Exceed (12, 12a) - - -
Species Pollinators Qualifying Targeting natives (1 and 1a, or 1 and 1b) Exceed (12, 12a) Has (2) Provides (1f, 3, 3a1, 3a2) Documented (8, 8a, 8c, 8d)
Species Reptiles and Amphibians Contributing Targeting natives (1 and 1a, or 1 and 1b) Exceed (11, 11a) - - -
Species Reptiles and Amphibians Qualifying Targeting natives (1 and 1a, or 1 and 1b) Exceed (11, 11a) Has (2) Provides (1f, 3, 3a1, 3a2) Documented (7, 7a, 7c, 7d)


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Education and Awareness Awareness & Engagement Contributing Relates to a habitat or species on or off site (1, 13, 13a) Exceed (17, 17a) - - -
Education and Awareness Awareness & Engagement Qualifying Relates to a habitat or species on or off site (1, 13, 13a) Exceed (17, 17a) Has (8) Provides (3, 4, 5, 10) Evaluated (14 and 14a, and/or 14, and 14b)
Education and Awareness Formal Learning Contributing Meets academic standards (9, 9a) Relates to a habitat or species on or off site (1, 13, 13a) Exceed (17, 17a) - - -
Education and Awareness Formal Learning Qualifying Meets academic standards (9, 9a) Relates to a habitat or species on or off site (1, 13, 13a) Exceed (17, 17a) Has (8) Provides (10, 10a, 11b) Evaluated (14 and 14a, and/or 14 and 14b)
Education and Awareness Other Education and Awareness Contributing Relates to a habitat or species on or off site (1, 13, 13a) Exceed (18, 18a) - - -
Education and Awareness Other Education and Awareness Qualifying Relates to a habitat or species on or off site (1, 13, 13a) Exceed (18, 18a) Has (9) Provides (4, 5, 6, 11) Evaluated (15 and 15a, and/or 15, 15b)
Education and Awareness Training Contributing Relates to a habitat or species on or off site (1, 13, 13a) Exceed (17, 17a) - - -
Education and Awareness Training Qualifying Relates to a habitat or species on or off site (1, 13, 13a) Exceed (17, 17a) Has (8) Provides (3, 4, 5, 10) Evaluated (14 and 14a, and/or 14, 14b)


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Other Options Green Infrastructure Contributing - Exceed (9, 9a) - Biodiversity considerations incorporated (1, 5) -
Other Options Green Infrastructure Qualifying* - Exceed (9, 9a) Has (2) Biodiversity considerations incorporated (1, 5) -
Other Options Integrated Vegetation Management Contributing Linear (1)
Some Natives(2d, 8, 8a, 8d)
Exceed (14, 14a) - - -
Other Options Integrated Vegetation Management Qualifying Linear (1)
Some Natives(2d, 8, 8a, 8d)
Exceed (14, 14a) Has (3) Value (1,2, 2b, 2f, 7, 7a, 7b, 8, 8a, 10) Documented (8b, 8c)
Other Options Invasive Species - Coordinated Approaches +
Contributing - Exceed (6, 6a) - - -
Other Options Invasive Species - Coordinated Approaches+
Qualifying* - Exceed (6, 6a) - Value (2,2a, and/or 3, 3a and/or 4a, 4a) -
Other Options Land Conservation Agreements Contributing - Exceed (8, 8a, 3, 3a) - - -
Other Options Land Conservation Agreements Qualifying* - Exceed (8, 8a, 3, 3a) Has (1) Value (2) Documented (3d and 6, 6a if permanently protected)
Other Options Remediation Contributing - Exceed (7, 7a) - - -
Other Options Remediation Qualifying* - Exceed (7, 7a) Has (1) - -
Other Options Species of Concern+ Contributing Appropriate native species (2, 2a, 2b, 3) Exceed (9, 9a) - -
Other Options Species of Concern+ Qualifying* Appropriate native species (2, 2a, 2b, 3) Exceed (9, 9a) Has (1) Threats addressed (61, 6a1) Documented (7, 7a)

Must have linked habitat project
+ Must have linked species project
* Programs are not eligible for certification if this is the only qualifying project (the program must also include a qualifying habitat, species, or education and awareness project). A qualifying project in this theme still provides additional levels of acknowledgement compared to a contributing project.