WVRLC LogoThe WVRLC is a cadre of concerned landscaping professionals with a vision to inspire and guide Benton County residents to adopt landscaping practices that will improve soil health and the function of urban ecosystems. They encourage the intentional design of regenerative landscapes that actively contribute to improving and healing the natural world while making it beautiful. WVRLC members provide regenerative landscape education to other landscape professionals and to the public.

Your landscape can make a real difference in the climate crisis battle!

Even a small urban landscape provides many important ecosystem services, including:

  • Carbon sequestration – Plants excrete carbon rich substances into the soil that serves as food for important soil organisms. Carbon sequestration has been left out of the sustainability conversation but may actually be one of the most important functions of urban, as well as natural, landscapes. Read more.
  • Mitigate changing climate – Urban areas are warming up more than rural areas. Regenerative landscapes can reduce the urban heat island effect.
  • Wildlife habitat – A regenerative landscape may include native plants that provide food and shelter for wildlife such as birds, butterflies, and pollinators and other beneficial insects.
  • Water – Healthy soils have good structure that allows precipitation to be captured on site where it can be filtered and stored as groundwater recharge. This prevents runoff that may overwhelm the stormwater system and dump contaminants directly into urban waterways.

Well-designed Regenerative Landscapes have many benefits including:

    • Less costly to install.
    • Decreasing maintenance as the landscape matures.
    • Attractive.
    • Can fit different style aesthetics.
    • Create sense of place through a connection to local native landscapes.
    • Provide habitat for wildlife which adds to landowner enjoyment.
    • Reduced use of chemical inputs.

For more WVRLC information, email email regenlandscape@gmail.com

Willamette Valley Regenerative Landscape Coalition

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