Open space means many things to many people and has many scales and many forms. It can be a wooded mountainside, rolling grass covered oak studded hills, streamside areas, a local park, a scenic road, or the intimate open spaces of one’s “own backyard”.
This is how the Woodside general plan talks about open space. For over a decade, Woodside has been honoring residents who have created backyard habitats on their property with a Backyard Habitat Award and the gift of a three-foot tall, forged metal sign.
The Town of Woodside is in the unique and favored position of being almost completely surrounded by natural areas of habitat which provide food and shelter for wildlife. Home to some of the most diverse flora and fauna in the world, our open‐space tracts support hundreds of species of plants and wildlife, some of which are endangered. In this world of ever‐shrinking habitat, Woodside residents have the opportunity to recreate avenues and havens for wildlife on their own property. These areas, made accessible to wildlife, can expand the ability of our native creatures to find food and shelter, and more importantly, to travel between populations and maintain a healthy gene pool. One of the greatest causes of species extinction is the isolation that occurs in little islands of habitat that are cut off by development, fencing and roads.
Benefits of Backyard Habitats
Preserves and recreates wildlife habitat throughout Woodside on privately owned property.
Creates conditions that allow wildlife to move within and through our Town safely in order to access existing or newly created habitat, thereby providing habitat connectivity.
Encourages the preservation of stream corridors, creeks, and wetlands in open, natural condition in recognition of the important role they play in providing habitat, water, and migratory corridors for wildlife.
Promotes a more judicious use of pesticides, fertilizers, and household chemicals to protect local hydrology.
Helps to create a balance between preserving wildlife habitat and new fire safety regulations.
Increases understanding about the importance of minimal landscape lighting to allow nighttime foraging by wildlife.