Pompano Beach to be Certified as Community Wildlife Habitat
Leading a nationwide trend in community concern for habitat loss, the community of Pompano Beach will be officially designated a Community Wildlife Habitat, the 42nd in the country and the seventh community in Florida to receive this honor.
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) commends the dedicated residents of Pompano Beach and the Go Wild! Team for their wildlife conservation efforts and for coming together for a common purpose – to create a community where people and wildlife can flourish. At a time when communities are faced with the problems of losing habitat to development, Pompano Beach stands out as a model for other communities to emulate. The knowledge and inspiration that this project has generated will lead Pompano Beach residents and visitors to take better care of their natural world.
Pompano Beach is the largest city, by population, of the certified cities in Florida and its certification was accomplished by an all-volunteer team. Pompano Beach is part of a migratory flyway and is one of the few places in the continental U.S. where birds and butterflies stop over during the winter months, making it a perfect place for ecotourism. Three hundred backyards have been declared as Certified Wildlife Habitat sites. In addition, nine parks, nine businesses and eleven school grounds have been certified through the programs. Numerous educational events and booth displays have helped to educate residents about the importance of preserving wildlife habitat.
The Community Wildlife Habitat project is part of NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitat™ program. These projects benefit the entire community of plants, wildlife and people through the creation of sustainable landscapes that require little or no pesticides, fertilizers, and excess watering. These landscapes help keep water and air resources clean. They are healthier for people and the environment, and are less resource-dependent than conventional landscapes. Habitat landscapes can serve to beautify our urban areas and give residents pride in their neighborhoods.
At the November 9th City Commission Meeting at 7:00 p.m., the National Wildlife Federation will officially present Mayor Lamar Fisher the Community Wildlife Habitat certificate.
The certification celebration will continue the following Saturday, November 13th at the Pompano Beach Green Market where there will be free plants and cake for those who have certified sites in Pompano Beach.
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