Screen tips

  • Projects with white headers actively managed habitats
  • Projects with black headers not actively managed habitats
  • Within the program view, the icon can be clicked for more information about a project and to:
    • For habitat projects
      • Edit the project name
      • Delete the project
      • Changed how the habitat is managed (actively, not actively)
    • For non-habitat projects
      • Edit the project name
      • Delete the project
      • Change the affected habitats (the habitats the project is linked to)

About 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.


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.

Starting a New Program
A new program is started through three steps.

Users name the program and provide information on billing and mailing addresses.

Users select all habitats that exist on site. Not all habitats must have projects associated with them. They should still be recorded.

Before entering project information, users are required to pay their program registration fee.

During the review process (described in the Review process and scoring section), projects can be given one of three classes: qualifying, contributing or early.

  • Qualifying projects are projects that meet all requirements. They are:
    • Are locally appropriate (e.g. uses native species)
    • Have a conservation or conservation education objective
    • Are designed to provide value or benefit to the environment or community (e.g. increasing habitat for species)
    • Have documented measurable outcomes (e.g. documentation of monitoring)
    • Exceed regulatory requirements
  • Contributing projects exceed regulatory requirements and are locally appropriate. Contributing projects contribute points toward the program score.
  • Early projects do not meet minimal requirements but can be developed at a later date.

Qualifying projects contribute points towards the program score. Projects that are qualifying entitle the program to certification. Qualifying green infrastructure, invasive species—coordinated approaches, land conservation agreement, remediation and species of concerns projects do not qualify a program for certification.

The table of class requirements by project theme can be found here.

The total program score determines the program tier and the term length.

The example below shows how different projects combine to form a program. The Red Falls example program has 5 projects. The program has at least one of projects from each of the 4 project categories. The projects provide points and have been given a class.

Detailed information on scoring and determining if a project is qualifying is in the Review process and scoring page.

WHC may change project and program requirements.

For additional support, please contact your primary WHC support person or send an email to