Developers must meet a portion of these criteria throughout all phases of the development’s planning and construction, and must maintain the criteria once the development is complete.
Applicants interested in certifying their developments as “wildlife friendly” work closely with staffs from the N.C. Wildlife Federation and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission throughout the certification process. During the certification process, applicants:
Homeowners then must continue certification over time by maintaining conditions at the time of certification.
Although this program is designed to be incorporated in the planning process from the outset, it is possible for some existing developments to be certified. Information is available for developers interested in certifying existing developments.
The WFDC handbook describes the certification process in detail and includes descriptions of criteria and definitions of terms.