CONSERVATION LANDSCAPING WITH NATIVES
CAROL HEISER, CBLP-1 (RETIRED DWR HABITAT EDUCATION COORDINATOR AND EDUCATION SECTION MANAGER)
Every yard makes a difference and native plants are the backbone of a healthy conservation landscape. Learn the key principles for using natives to protect soils, improve habitat, and keep our waterways clear. These principles are informed by “The Eight Essential Elements” of the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council. All of the principles are practices we can use statewide.
Carol A. Heiser is a certified Level 1 Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) who serves on the Steering Committee of CBLP and on the Board of the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council (CCLC). She’s also a member of the Advisory Committee of Audubon at Home for Audubon of Northern Virginia. Carol retired in 2020 with over 31 years in state service, with 27 of them at the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources as Habitat Education Coordinator and Education Section Manager. Her decades of experience include conservation program and event planning, volunteer training, and implementation of numerous habitat demonstration projects. She wrote dozens of articles published in Virginia Wildlife magazine and has many other writings to her credit, including Chapter 13 of the Virginia Master Gardener Handbook, “Habitat Gardening for Wildlife.” She has a B.S. in Forestry and Wildlife from Virginia Tech and a Certificate of Landscape Design from George Washington University.