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New Wildlife Habitat Garden in Fairborn


National Wildlife Federation Certifies
New Wildlife Habitat Garden in ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Fairborn

 

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Fairborn, Ohio– The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, is pleased that the Parks & Recreation Department in Fairborn, Ohio has successfully created a Certified Wildlife Habitat® through its Garden for Wildlife™ movement.

NWF celebrates this effort to create a garden that supports birds, butterflies, bees, frogs, and other local wildlife. Every Certified Wildlife Habitat garden provides natural sources of food, water, cover and places to raise young and is maintained in a sustainable way that incorporates native plants, conserves water and doesn’t rely on pesticides.

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Started in 1973, the Garden for Wildlife movement is the oldest and largest native plant/habitat program, recognizing over 289,000 Certified Wildlife Habitat® gardens across the United States to date, encompassing an estimated 4 million acres that support wildlife locally. Backyards, urban gardens, school grounds, businesses, places of worship, campuses, parks, farms, zoos, and community landscapes can all be recognized as wildlife habitats through the program.  “We are excited about this new Certified Wildlife Habitat®, as it provides native plants and essential habitat elements. Research shows certified properties have the potential to support twice as much wildlife compared to non-certified properties.” Said, Mary Phillips, Head of Garden for Wildlife™/Certified Wildlife Habitat®.  

“Anyone anywhere can restore wildlife habitat right in their own yards and communities,” said NWF Naturalist David Mizejewski. “Whether you garden in a suburban yard, an urban area, or a rural plot of land, you can make a difference for local wildlife. Creating a Certified Wildlife Habitat garden is fun, easy and makes a real difference for neighborhood wildlife. It’s the perfect grassroots way to think globally and act locally and help birds, butterflies, bees, and other wildlife,” he added.

When talking with Fairborn Parks & Recreation Assistant Superintendent April Floyd, she stated, “Redesigning the Fairborn Community Garden allowed more gardeners to have access to plots and created additional pollinator fields to assist with plant’s production while creating a pesticide free safe habitat for the local park’s pollinators. With food expenses rising and many residents lacking access to garden spaces, the Fairborn Community Garden is a much-needed resource for our community. Gardeners have access to their own plants and create a close-knit community to provide information and helpful tips for each other. The Fairborn Community Garden is now a safe habitat streaming with life for all garden members, human and animal.”

IMG_9368 - CopyThe Fairborn Community Garden has 3 pollinator sections and 26 individual garden plots. Plots are either 25’x22’ or 15’x22’. Pollinator fields are a diversified mix of pollinator seeds mix with a strong attractive plant like zinnias. Each member must abide by member rules like no commercial mulch, no landscape fabric, and organic pesticides only. Garden must be clear of weeds and debris weekly to maintain a same inhabitant not only for their plants to thrive, but also the wildlife in the garden (ants, deer, birds, bees, butterflies, moths, worms, etc.). Bird and bee houses provide a reclusive resting spot while bird feeders & bee/bird baths provide an extra water resource. 

Many of NWF’s state affiliate organizations are partners in the Garden for Wildlife movement. Habitats in partnering states have national and state certification.

Participants who have their wildlife habitat garden certified receive a personalized certificate with a unique habitat number, a one-year membership to NWF with a subscription to National Wildlife magazine, a subscription to the Garden for Wildlife e-newsletter, a 10 percent discount to National Wildlife catalog, the exclusive right to post a Certified Wildlife Habitat yard sign and $5.00 off native plants at www.gardenforwildlife.com.

For more information on NWF’s Garden for Wildlife™ movement and how to qualify to have a garden space recognized as a Certified Wildlife Habitat, visit www.nwf.org/garden. To jump start creating your own Certified Wildlife Habitat® order native plant collections for your zip code designed to provide three season bloom at www.gardenforwildlfe.com.

 

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