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Annapolis Becomes a NWF Certified Community Wildlife Habitatâ„¢

Annapolis, MD (9-4-13) Leading a nationwide trend in community concern for habitat loss, Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen announced that the City has been officially designated as a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Community Wildlife Habitat.

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.

“This certification by the National Wildlife Federation is a testament to the deep environmental ethos of our community,” Mayor Cohen said.  “Annapolitans' deep appreciation for the natural environment, combined with the City's emphasis on preserving natural habitat, have contributed to our town's distinctive beauty and enduring appeal.  I thank the National Wildlife Federation for the important work they do, and for recognizing Annapolis with this national distinction.”

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.  

“Providing a home for wildlife in our cities – whether it’s at home, or in schools, businesses or parks – is the demonstration of a healthy and active eco-system," said National Wildlife Federation Naturalist David Mizejewski. "There is no more rewarding way to stay connected to nature right outside your door.”

“With so many environmentally minded residents, it is no surprise that Annapolis is one of the first communities in Maryland to achieve this certification,” Director of the Department of Neighborhood & Environmental Programs Maria Broadbent said. “The City’s dedication to environmental programs and its location in the Chesapeake Bay watershed make achieving this national certification a logical fit.”

NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitat program has been helping people take personal action on behalf of wildlife for more than 40 years. The program engages homeowners, businesses, schools, churches, parks and other institutions that want to make their communities wildlife-friendly.

For more information, please go to: www.nwf.org/community.