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This page offers resources to help HIP homeowners outside of the City of Bellingham plan and install a HIP project.  We are currently working on updating some of our HIP resources and will update the links below as soon as possible in 2021.  Whatcom Conservation District staff are always available to answer your questions and help you with your HIP project. Contact Ryan O’Connor, Lake Whatcom HIP Coordinator, at roconnor@whatcomcd.org or (360) 306-4701.



What you need to know about HIP

COMING SOON! A short presentation about how HIP works.

Planning, Installing, and Caring for your Native Landscaping

Watch a 13-minute presentation with helpful tips on how to plan, install, and care for your HIP native landscaping project.

Native Plant Slide Show

Watch an 18-minute presentation and slide show showcasing the many beautiful native plants to choose from for your new landscape.

Landscaping with Native Plants

Details about how to plan, implement, and maintain your new native landscaping project.

King County Sample Plans

Sample native landscaping plans for a variety of light and moisture conditions, including accompanying plant lists. Produced by King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks.

Native Landscaping Handbook

COMING SOON! Native Landscaping handbook for homeowners with property outside of the City of Bellingham.

Homeowner Acknowledgement Form

Overview of program offering and what homeowners can expect by participating in HIP.

HIP Native Plant List

A compilation of HIP-approved native plants, including light and soil criteria, mature size, and special characteristics.

Approved Mulch List

Tested and approved low-phosphorus mulches for use in the Lake Whatcom watershed. Last updated Jan 2020.

Planting worksheet

Downloadable excel worksheet helps you determine the amount of native plants and mulch needed for your planting area to satisfy program requirements.

Plant list template

Need more space to list your plants? This Excel plant list template provides more space to list plants than the planting worksheet.

Native Landscaping Materials Purchasing Guide

Guide for purchasing plants, mulch, and rocks for HIP Native Landscaping projects.

Measuring Areas for your HIP Project

This handout provides detailed guidance about how to measure distances and areas using pacing, measuring devices, and online resources.

HIP Maintenance Agreement

Download a copy of the HIP maintenance agreement.



Sunny Shoreline Landscape Plan

If your site slopes gently toward the water, use this layout to maximize your fun in the sun.

Shoreline Connection Landscape Plan

Keeping you connected to the uses along your shoreline, this layout adds privacy from boaters and neighbors.

Shoreline Buffer Landscape Plan

Tired of the geese making a mess along your shoreline? This layout creates a barrier that doesn't detract from your water view.

Shady Creekside Landscape Plan

Along streams, use this layout to beautify your property while reducing erosion and flooding

Part Sun Privacy Landscape Plan

Creating a border of native landscaping using this layout grows a beautiful and natural barrier while keeping your views intact.

Backyard Sanctuary Landscape Plan

Use this layout to turn an open lawn area into a private place where you can relax, entertain guests, and attract birds and butterflies.

Sunny Hillside Landscape Plan

Mowing lawns on steep slopes can be a big headache. This layout helps you envision ways to plant your hillside while maintaining that spectacular view.

Deep Shade Landscape Plan

Some native plants thrive in shady areas, where weeds and moss would otherwise grow. Use this layout if you live under tall trees or for the shady side of your lot.

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Can't find what you're looking for? Many HIP resources are constantly being updated to help program participants and professionals alike. If you need something that isn't here, or if one of our links isn't working, please send us a note using this form and we'll reply directly to you with the information you need to be successful. Thanks!