A. Comply with Wisconsin's "Smart Growth" law for land use planning and resource management. This criterion is an option only for applications submitted before July 1, 2017.
The Village of River Hills adopted Ordinance 510, its “Smart Growth” ordinance, and meets the guidelines set forth by the state of Wisconsin.
E. Describe your community’s ordinance demonstrating that your community does not restrict natural/native landscaping that emphasizes native plants and non-turf lawns.
The Village of River Hills has codes and ordinances in place (7.0906 C) that do not restrict “wild” or natural lawns where said landscaping is in harmony with the surrounding land.
F. Show that your community offers the public information on how they can control and remove invasive species in order to improve or maintain bird habitat.
Control of invasive species can be found primarily on the Village of River Hills’ website under “Committee on the Environment” (COE). Links to additional information regarding invasive species and their control also can be found there. In addition, the Committee on the Environment has also run publications educating the public on the Emerald Ash Borer.
Community Forest Management
A. Demonstrate that your community has been awarded Tree City USA status by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
The Village of River Hills continues to be recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation following its initial award in 2013.
Limiting or Removing Threats to Birds
L. OTHER: Demonstrate in a narrative.
Occasionally the Village Manager’s blog, which can be accessed from the village website, will have tips on removing or limiting hazards to birds. For instance in 2013, there was an entire page with tips dedicated to protecting birds from window strikes. In addition, during their International Migratory Bird Day celebration the Village promotes bird education and protection during a presentation by Mark Fieder at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center.
B. Provide web links or a community newsletter demonstrating that your community educates property owners on methods to create and enhance backyard habitat for birds.
The Committee on the Environment’s webpage encourages public responsibility for bird and tree habitat through helpful articles and links to more information. Information available includes invasive plant species, groundwater assessment, urban forestry, landscaping, and also information on identifying wetlands and how to maintain them.
International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD)
A. This community's municipal body passed the required International Migratory Bird Day resolution.
In 2019 River Hills celebrated International Migratory Bird Day in conjunction with its Arbor Day event on September 14 at the Lynden Sculpture Garden. This event included guided bird, wildflower, and tree walks, tours of the Sculpture Garden, a display by the North Shore Fire Department, meet and greet with the River Hills Police Department, a demonstration on raising chickens, information about the emerald ash borer, a photo display, and beverages and snacks. The 2020 event was canceled due to COVID.