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Annapolis Receives National Recognition at NWF Ceremony

Annapolis MD (9-27-13) Leading a nationwide trend in community concern for habitat loss, Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen accepted, on behalf of the City, the designation as a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Community Wildlife Habitat.

The event, hosted by the NWF, was held at the Annapolis Maritime Museum Thursday, September 26. Senator John Astle, Anne Arundel County Councilman Chris Trumbauer, Annapolis Environmental Commission member Sari Kiraly, and former mayor Ellen Moyer attended.

Annapolis is the 71st in the country and the second in Maryland to receive this honor.  A Community Wildlife Habitat project creates multiple habitat areas in backyards, schoolyards, corporate properties, community gardens, parkland and other spaces.

At the time Annapolis received notice certification, 159 homes were certified.

The City certified five schools including two public elementary schools, a private school, a University, and an Environmental Education center:

  • West Annapolis Elementary
  • Eastport Elementary
  • United States Naval Academy
  • Calvary Center School
  • Chesapeake Ecology Center
City Hall is a Certified Wildlife Habitat  along with nine of its City parks:
  • Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park at Back Creek
  • Amos Garrett Park
  • Horn Point Park
  • Newman Street Park
  • College Creek Park
  • Acton Cove Park
  • Waterworks Park
  • Barbara Neustadt Park
  • Truxtun Park
The Annapolis Maritime Museum is certified, along with several churches, the Governor’s Mansion, and the NWF Regional Office off Giddings Avenue.

Partners for the Certified Wildlife Habitat Team include:
  • City of Annapolis
  • Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs
  • Department of Recreation and Parks
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Wild Bird Center of Annapolis
The City had already implemented many environmental programs and projects that were conducive to wildlife habitat education prior to the designation:
  • Environmental Stewardship Certification Program
  • Policy changes including stormwater and tree ordinances
  • Greenscape
  • Tree sales and giveaways
The City of Annapolis also had a Wildlife Habitat walking tour of gardens in Murray Hill in 2012.

The NWF commends the dedicated staff at the Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs (DNEP), the Recreation and Parks Department, as well as the residents, for their wildlife conservation efforts and for coming together for a common purpose - to create a community where people and wildlife can flourish.  

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Attached Picture: left to right  
Sari Kiraly- Annapolis Environment Commission member
Andy Costello – Recreation and Parks Department
Marisa Wittlinger Recreation and Parks Department
Frank Biba – Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs (DNEP)
Jeanna Beard - Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs (DNEP)
Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen
Hilary Falk- NWF Regional Executive Director
Maria Broadbent – Director, Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs
Brian Woodward – Director, Recreation and Parks Department