Fayetteville| , AR
Fayetteville is the second largest city in Arkansas and the county seat of Washington County. It is a progressive, green, outdoor-loving community and home to the University of Arkansas. Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, Fayetteville is best characterized by its extensive trail system, community events, arts and food scenes, volunteerism and mission to "support local." Arkansas’s largest entertainment district includes Dickson Street and the Historic Downtown Square and Gardens. Fayetteville is routinely named a Volunteer Community of the Year. In 2023, for the 8th year in a row it was included in U.S. News & World Report's Top 10 "Best Places to Live in the U.S."
Bethlehem, also sometimes known as the Christmas City, was founded by Moravians on Christmas Eve, 1741. The city lies in the center of the Lehigh Valley and is the sixth largest city in Pennsylvania. It has a rich industrial history and is in a region rich in natural resources. In 2006, Money magazine listed Bethlehem among the top 100 best places to live. Members of the city's Environmental Advisory Council serve on the Community Wildlife Habitat team.
The Town of Matthews is the largest of metropolitan Charlotte’s suburban communities. The Town’s growth policies have reduced the dependency on automobiles, making the community very pedestrian and bicycle-friendly. Policies on tree preservation, landscaped parking areas and vegetated buffer strips adjoining stream channels and roadsides have help to reduce run-off. A 2008 Tree Ordinance prevents developers from clear-cutting construction sites and calls for the use of native plants in landscaping. The “Matthews Naturally” project is a partnership with the Community Wildlife Habitat team, North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s HAWK chapter and the Mecklenburg County Audubon.
Located in Fulton County, Roswell is currently the 8th largest city in Georgia. Roswell was founded in the 1830s by wealthy settlers who found the land suitable for cotton farming. Also, the presence of Chattahoochee River allowed for the building of cotton mills. Part of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area lies in Roswell. The Chattahoochee’s watershed is the smallest in the country that supplies a drinking water for a major metropolitan area. Conserving water and protecting its quality is one of Roswell’s biggest environmental concerns. Roswell’s Community Wildlife Habitat project is being led by the City of Roswell and Keep Roswell Beautiful (an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful), with additional support from local garden clubs and the Chattahoochee Nature Center.
The town of Davie began as a small farm community at the edge of the Everglades, and it still consists of both residential and agricultural areas. Davie has a large horse-owning population and has still has a “Western” feel to it. In earlier years, cattle ranching was common, but much of the land has converted to residential or commercial zoning. Davie has many equestrian and recreational trails, as well as canals. The town is also hub for higher education and is home to five different colleges and universities.
Fripp Island, SC
Fripp Island is a barrier island in South Carolina's Low Country. With its three miles of beachfront and abundant salt marshes and maritime forests, the island provides habitat for American alligators, fish, deer, raccoons and over 80 species of birds, including bald eagles. It was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1974 by the state legislature and was identified as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society in 2010. Fripp Island has a host of conservation programs to protect wildlife as well as a robust agenda of educational programs for both residents and visitors.
Surrey Downs is a suburban community of 275 single-family homes, within Bellevue, WA, a city of 120,000 people in the Puget Sound region on the east side of Lake Washington. Located just south of Bellevue’s downtown urban core, it is within easy walking distance of shopping, restaurants, a regional library and art museum. The community borders Mercer Slough, a migration pathway for Chinook, Coho, and sockeye salmon, as well as cutthroat trout and steelhead. A number of homes have well-established large trees and shrubs that provide excellent habitat, but opportunity remains to increase wildlife cover in yards with more traditional gardening practices.
High Bridge, NJ
High Bridge is a quintessentially American small town conveniently situated midway between New York City and Philadelphia. It was named for a 112 foot high, 1,300 foot long bridge built by the Central Railroad Company across the South Branch of the Raritan River. High Bridge operates under a Borough form of government. The Environmental Commission, with full support of the Borough Council, is leading High Bridge's Habitat project.
The City of Annapolis is the capital of Maryland and the county seat of Anne Arundel County. It is home to the US Naval Academy and St. John’s College. The city is a beautiful waterfront community nestled between the Severn and South Rivers, two major tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay. Abundant wetlands provide unique habitat for both land and aquatic animals. Annapolis lies on the Atlantic Coastal Plain and is quite flat, with the highest ground being only fifty feet above sea level. The city has the second highest Urban Tree Canopy cover in Maryland. Annapolis is also the home of NWF’s Chesapeake Mid-Atlantic Regional Center.
Milton is a rural/suburban community incorporated in 2006 from the unincorporated part of northern Fulton County. In 2011, Milton was recognized as the community having the highest quality of life in the state of Georgia and the ninth highest in the Southeast by The Business Journals "On Numbers" quality-of-life survey. The city embraces small-town life and heritage while preserving its rural character. Milton was certified as a NWF Community Wildlife Habitat in 2013. In 2016, residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of a $25 million greenspace bond to acquire land for parks, trails, and greenspace including conservation land, wildlife habitats, and natural areas. The city has currently conserved over 400 acres as permanent greenspace.