• Click v icon to see questions
  • All information entered is saved for future use
    • Information may be entered over time
    • Applications can be submitted when complete
  • Questions marked with an * are required for a project to be qualifying
  • Some information (even if just “not applicable”) must be provided for all visible questions
  • Click the “Mark section as complete” box in each section
  • To add new habitats at a program (e.g. forest, grassland)
    • Click “Add Project”
    • Select “Habitats” from the category menu
    • Select the habitat type that is being added (e.g. Forest)
  • To link a project to a not actively managed habitat, click the icon on the project, click “Edit” and choose the appropriate habitat.
  • The best managed projects have clear, compelling answers for all visible questions
  • Uploading documents
    • Several questions require uploading documents
    • PDF, common MSOffice extensions, GIF, TIFF and JPEG are recommended
    • Conservation Certification website is not able to accept EPS, MXD, ARC, KLM and similar files
  • Terms
    • “on the ground” –when the activity started (e.g. if natives were planted 4 years ago, they have been on the ground for 4 years).
    • “new project” –a project that does not appear on the individual program page

Background Information
There are four key steps to entering project information.

ENTERING PROJECT INFORMATION (habitat project example)

All projects are based in habitats that can be managed in different ways. Users need to determine these management strategies. These include determining if the habitat is:

  • “Actively managed” or “not actively managed”
  • Contiguous or fragmented
  • Managed in a unified or non-unified way

For Species, Education and Other projects have similar qualifying questions about the project.

Each habitat needs to be designated as actively managed or not actively managed. A habitat is considered actively managed if there are ongoing efforts to protect, restore and manage the habitat rather than an individual species. Habitats without this ongoing work are designated as not actively managed.

Not actively managed habitats can have Species, Education, and Other projects linked to them (that affect them). In addition, not actively managed habitats may not be associated with a project. A site may record the existence of a habitat and develop a project linked to it at a later date (green box below).

Actively managed habitats must have a habitat project (dark blue boxes below). In addition, actively managed habitats can have Species, Education and Other projects can be linked them (see light blue box below).

Actively managed habitats can be contiguous or fragmented by a road, development or other habitat type.

Fragmented habitats are often managed in a unified way (e.g. a forest with a road going through it is often managed the same way on both sides). Non-unified management may occur in a fragmented habitat if there are different management goals or approaches. For example, a fragmented wetland may be managed for coastal storm protection in one area and birding in another.

Users need to answer the questions in the online application form.

Additional projects can be added at any time.

When adding a project that is linked to a habitat that is not already on the program page, the new habitat must first be entered. This is done by starting habitat project. This will create a habitat and associated habitat project.

Theoretically, there can be an unlimited number of projects linked to any one actively or not actively managed habitat.

Occasionally a project crosses multiple habitats. In these cases, users should link the project to each habitat it affects. In doing so, users will prompted to complete the overview questions for each habitat type.

With program information entered, users can submit their application. A review screen prompts users to any gaps in the application and users can submit and pay fees there.

Conservation Certification is designed to drive change in conservation and education over time. The application is detailed by design to support this aim. You may not have strong answers to all application questions at this time. This will highlight areas for improvement in later years.

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

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