In a conscious echo of Woodside's 2011 launch of a Backyard Habitat program to encourage residents to create wildlife corridors by welcoming native plants and animals to their yards, the town of Portola Valley has begun its own program.
The Town Council, with Councilman Ted Driscoll absent, gave the go-ahead to members of the town's Conservation Committee to start taking applications from residents seeking recognition for their efforts.
Go to this link and turn to Page 73 for more information, including a color brochure, an application and a detailed list of resources available at the town library and on the web.
A team from the Conservation Committee will evaluate the application and, if asked, will visit the property to make suggestions on how to "create an optimal habitat," the brochure says.
The visible component of the award will be a rusted sheet-metal frontispiece about 3 feet long by 6-to-8 inches wide and topped with a silhouette of an oak tree. The metal piece attaches to a redwood post to be placed on the property.