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Learn More About DCNR’s Converting Your Lawn To Meadow Or Woods Program, Funding

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources now has a Lawn To Meadow webpage to help landowners of all types convert their lawns to be a more environment-friendly and beneficial place.

Converting some or all of your lawn to woods or meadow shows you are a good steward of the land, adds natural diversity and interest to your backyard, and reduces the time you spend mowing.

A diverse array of native trees, shrubs, perennial flowers, and warm season grasses are much better than turf grass for keeping soil and nutrients in place and is great for pollinators.


DCNR will have a small amount of funding available in 2021 for lawn conversion practices, including conservation landscaping (converting lawn to native managed meadow) and forest planting (converting lawn areas to trees/forest).

Lawns must be at least a quarter-acre.

Visit DCNR’s Lawn To Meadow webpage and sign up for the Woods and Meadows newsletter.  Questions about this program and funding should be directed to Kelsey Miller at or send email to:

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DEP’s Interactive Report Viewer allows you to zoom in on your own stream or watershed to find out how clean your stream is or if it has impaired water quality using the latest information in the draft 2020 Water Quality Report.]

(Reprinted, mostly, from the October DEP Chesapeake Bay Implementation newsletter.  Click Here to sign up for your own copy.)

Related Articles:

-- DCNR Good Natured Blog: For Cleaner Water, Convert Some Lawn

-- Penn State Extension: Improving Local Water Quality Thru Lawn Conversion To Meadows

-- Bay Journal: PA Initiative To Convert 10,000 Acres Of Lawns Into Meadows, Forests

-- Pollinator Gardens: Help Encourage Ecological Diversity In Your Own Backyard

Related Articles - Water Quality:

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-- DCNR Invests $637,700 In 93 Acres Of Streamside Buffers In PA's Part Of Chesapeake Bay Watershed

-- PennVEST Invests $181 Million In Water Infrastructure, Nonpoint Source Pollution Reduction Projects In 12 Counties

-- DEP Grants Available To Help Farmers Reduce Nutrient Pollution, Small Businesses With Energy Efficiency Projects

-- DEP Accepting Applications For Farm Conservation Planning Grants In Chesapeake Bay Watershed

-- Westmoreland Conservation District Announces 2020 Conservation Award Winners

-- Conservation Districts, Join Wildlife, Environmental Groups In Opposing Bill Redefining Water Pollution, Letting Companies Decide When They Report Spills

-- Hershey Medical Center Tree Planting Part Of Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership Initiative

-- DEP October Newsletter Updates Chesapeake Bay Program Implementation

-- Bay Journal: On Chesapeake Bay Cleanup, Field Studies, Computer Predictions Don't Always Agree

-- Bay Journal: Use Of Switchgrass Growing In Popularity For Farm Conservation

-- To Harvest Or Not To Harvest: Recent Insight On Riparian Buffers

-- The Tree As A Microcosm Of An Entire Watershed

-- DEP Invites Data On Water Quality For Watersheds In Adams/Franklin, Susquehanna Counties

-- Help Penn State Extension Master Watershed Stewards Plan Future Programs

-- Penn State Extension: Water Education Remains A Priority In Distance Learning

-- Partnership For Delaware Estuary Hosts Urban Waters Webinar Series Nov. 2, 10, 17

-- Susquehanna River Basin Commission Nov. 5 Hearing Includes Proposed Policy Setting Incentives For Reuse Of Abandoned Mine Drainage, Treated Wastewater

-- NRCS-PA Offers Support To Urban Farmers In Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh

[Posted: October 19, 2020]


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