Certified

Arlington County

Although perhaps best known to visitors as the home of the Pentagon and Arlington Cemetery, Arlington has maintained high quality residential neighborhoods, while supporting continued managed growth. Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment led the efforts for Arlington's certification. The group sponsored an 8-month-long contest between Arlington's neighborhoods. The neighborhood that had the most certifications won a dinner for 30 at a popular Lebanese restaurant. For more information, please go towww.arlingtonenvironment.org/programs/wildlifehabitat/index.htm

Type : County
Arlington, VA 22206
Population: 189000
Certified

Asheville

At over 2,000ft of elevation and with a population of 89,000, Asheville teems with wildlife and wild people that play in the mountains as well as the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers and study at UNC-Asheville and Warren Wilson College. Asheville is not only boasts vibrant art and outdoor cultures, but it is also a wildlife mecca -home to the Biltmore Estate (the largest private residence in the US), the NC Arboretum, The WNC Nature Center and the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests that contain over one million acres of public land. Western North Carolina is the salamander capital of the world, and the mountains offer plentiful habitat for bears, foxes, raccoons and hundreds of species of flora and fauna. We are a loving community of truly wild life. http://www.ashevillenc.gov

Type : City or Town
Asheville, NC 28801
Population: 87236
Certified

Audubon Park Garden District

The Audubon Park Garden District is an award winning shopping and dining ecodistrict in Orlando, Florida. Situated north of downtown Orlando, between Leu Gardens and Blue Jacket Park, the APGD is home to some of Central Florida's most loved brewpubs, dining, shopping and entertainment. Named a Great American Main Street Award Winner for 2016, the APGD is also home to a variety of events including Kidsfest, wine walks, outdoor festivals, the Retro Modern Home Tour and the APGD Garden Tour. In addition to great activities, the APGD is also working with the City of Orlando to become Florida's first ecodistrict. The ecodistrict initiative includes planting a biodiverse urban forest in the community; creating an urban bird sanctuary at Song Bird Park; creating the first bicycle powered composting service in the United States; creating Fleet Farms - a program that turns front lawns into organic farmlettes that are then harvested and sent to local markets via bicycle; and a host of other sustainability projects aimed at protecting the environment, while also fostering small businesses. The goal of the APGD is to create the most economically, environmentally and socially sustainable community in Florida.

Type : Neighborhood or HOA
Orlando, FL 32803
Population: 4000
Certified

Austin

In March 2007, the City of Austin passed a council resolution to obtain National Wildlife Federation (NWF) community level certification. On March 12, 2009 Austin realized that goal and was recognized as a certified community during the Community Wildlife Habitat Certification Ceremony. To date, the City of Austin has 2,154 certified wildlife habitats and the number is steadily increasing.

Type : City or Town
Austin, TX 78701
Population: 735000
Certified

Bainbridge Island

Only a ferry ride away from Seattle, Bainbridge Island has retained its rural character. It is noted for its natural beauty, abundance of wildlife, preserved open space, walking trails and narrow two-lane roads. The forested areas are mostly second-growth, with small areas of old growth. Also, much of the island is still farmed. There is a small-town atmosphere on the island, with a high level of community involvement. For more information, please go towww.westsoundwildlife.org.

Type : City or Town
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Population: 22600
Certified

Baltimore

Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland and the 24th largest city in the country. It is located along the tidal portion of the Patapsco River, an arm of the Chesapeake Bay. Dubbed "Charm City", Baltimore is a colorful, diverse city known for its beautiful harbor and distinct neighborhoods. Baltimore's project is being led by representatives from a group of organizations, including the city's Office of Sustainability, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, Baltimore City Public Schools, Blue Water Baltimore, Audubon of Maryland and DC, the Parks and People Foundation, Reservoir Hill Improvement Council and NWF's Maryland affiliate, the National Aquarium. The primary goal of the project is to restore natural habitat to benefit both wildlife and the local water quality.

Type : City or Town
Baltimore, MD 21060
Population: 621000
Registered

Bay Springs

The City of Bay Springs Mississippi is "Some Place Special" with Gazebos, water fountains and floral gardens located throughout the city. Originally settled in the late 1800s for the timber, it was officially registered as the City of Bay Springs in 1904 due to Rail Road construction. The name derives from the beauty of the Bay Trees that flourished in the city and for the natural Artesian Springs flowing from the trunks of the trees. Today, the city gazebo stands where the Bay Trees were, with the same historical Artesian Springs flowing from a fountain. Surrounding the gazebo are several botanical rose gardens. The City of Bay Springs is known for its gardens and beauty, and also hosts several annual events which attract both locals and visitors alike. Bay Fest is an annual event, usually the last weekend in May, which lasts for three days with entertainment, carnival rides, arts and crafts, and food vendors. More recently, the Hammerhead 500 draws a large crowd of spectators who gather to watch participants of all ages race from atop the old brick street downtown in handmade or sponsored derby cars. Sponsored by the Bay Springs Chamber of Commerce and supported by local businesses, the Hammerhead 500 has grown to be a highly anticipated occasion with spectacular prizes and a fun atmosphere. There is also the annual Fourth of July Glow 5k Fun run hosted by the Bay Springs Medical Clinic to benefit the Seth Harris Childhood Cancer Foundation. Other attractions to Bay Springs are the many worship venues and restaurants with food ranging from good old fashioned southern cooking to Mexican. The City is proud of the three major parks located in Bay Springs - Smith Park, NECO Park and City Hall Park. Many events are held at Smith Park which displays a lovely water fountain surrounded by flowers and also has a stage for outdoor concerts. NECO Park has a splash pad, walking track and play ground for all to enjoy. The City Hall Park is one of the oldest parks canopied by large Pine and Oak trees. Here, you will enjoy a play ground, walking area, gazebo, and newly planted butterfly gardens. The Bay Springs Monarch Fiesta Project has three of the four butterfly gardens located at The City Hall Park.

Type : City or Town
Bay Springs, MS 39422
Population: 1728
Registered

Beavercreek

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Type : City or Town
Beavercreek, OH 45434
Population: 47391
Certified

Belding

Belding is a quiet, rural town on the banks of the Flat River. Belding used to be known as the Silk City in the early 1900s and in 1925, the Belding Bros. & Co. mill produced 95% of the silk thread in the U.S. Belding and the surrounding area have a rich natural character, contributing to the small town appeal. There are relatively undisturbed areas throughout the city, the Flat River and its adjoining woodlands. The project team plans to improve habitat along selected stretches of the river. The non-profit Silk City Nature Association was created to carry out the work of the certification project.

Type : City or Town
Belding, MI 48809
Population: 6000
Certified

Bellingham

Bellingham is a small city located on Puget Sound that is the county seat of Whatcom County. It has an active port, which supports fishing, shipping and other industry. The citizens of Bellingham have a strong interest in their parks and green spaces, voting three times to tax themselves to purchase land for this purpose. East of Bellingham are the North Cascades Mountains, including volcanic Mt. Baker. Species of concern include chinook and coho salmon, western pond turtles and marbled murrelets. Check out the City of Bellingham's Landscaping for Wildlife web page for a brief history of Bellhingham's certification and local resources on how to certify your yard, schoolyard or business landscaping: https://www.cob.org/gov/public/volunteer/parks/Pages/landscaping.aspx

Type : City or Town
Bellingham, WA 98225
Population: 72000

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