RESTON, Va. — For the fourth year in a row, the Roanoke Valley is taking nature and wildlife conservation into their own hands by gardening for wildlife and certifying their yards with the National Wildlife Federation. Gardens located in Roanoke County, the city of Roanoke or the city of Salem, that meet the Garden for Wildlife program’s requirements of practicing sustainable gardening and providing the basic elements that all wildlife need to thrive — food, water, cover and places to raise their young — can fill out this survey for an opportunity to receive a free Certification and Garden for Wildlife yard sign ($50 value) and a one-year free subscription to National Wildlife magazine. The first 50 survey responses received during the month of March, will receive a free certification, sign and magazine subscription.
“By continuing to support and join the Community Wildlife Habitat program, the Roanoke Valley is sending a clear and powerful message to communities all over America that people working together can create healthy habitats and healthy communities, and make a difference in their own community and beyond,” said Patrick Fitzgerald, senior director of community wildlife at the National Wildlife Federation. “It is our pleasure to work alongside the Roanoke Valley Community Wildlife Habitat Team and assist them in their effort to certify the entire Valley as a Community Wildlife Habitat.”
Certified Wildlife Habitat® is a signature program of National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife™ movement, helping people take personal action on behalf of wildlife since 1973. The program engages homeowners, businesses, schools, places of worship, parks, and other institutions to create native plant gardens that incorporate elements of food, water, cover and places for wildlife to raise their young. The program educates the public on the importance of plants, wildlife, and people in the creation of sustainable landscapes that require little to no pesticides, fertilizers, or 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.
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