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.
St George Island, FL
St George Island was established as a residential community in 1977 on the west end of St George Island, located in the Panhandle of Florida. In the past The Plantation has served as: a home and campsites for Native Americans for hundreds of years, a turpentine plantation, an area for keeping cattle, and a practice area for military forces preparing for the invasion of Europe during World War ll. The Plantation has 3 distinctive Habitats: Coastal, Maritime Forest, and Bayside. The Plantation is a member of the Florida Native Wildflower Society, is a nationally certified Firewise Community, has been recognized by the Florida Communities of Excellence Awards Program and won First Place in 2014 in the category of Florida Friendly Landscaping. We believe in regeneration and restoration of native Florida wildlife and plants. We also support the migration of the Monarch Butterfly and continue to provide milkweed to help increase their population. In addition, the Plantation has participated for many years in the restoration of shoreline dunes by the cultivation and planting of native sea oats.
North Andover, MA
North Andover lies on the banks of the Merrimack River and is bordered by Harold Parker State Forest and Boxford State Forest. It is the home of Merrimack College, a private liberal arts college, and Brooks School, a private preparatory and boarding school. The town was originally settled as a plantation on the banks of Lake Cochichewick and then became industrialized with mills along the Cochichewick River. It is now the home of Lucent Technologies and Converse. The Community Wildlife Habitat team calls the project NAWT (North Andover Wildlife Team) and the project logo shows an evergreen tree enclosed by a knot.
Cooper City, FL
Cooper City has the distinction of being a Tree City USA for over 40 years. They are very proud and committed to their mature tree canopy, evidenced by the city logo which is a tree and the words "Someplace Special". The native tree canopy provides tremendous amounts of wildlife habitat. The city has excellent park and recreational facilities and exceptional schools. The parks and open spaces provide habitat for the "Threatened" Florida burrowing owl. For the past 30 years, the city has held an annual tree and plant care workshop. Cooper City was chosen by Family Circle magazine as one of the 10 best towns for families, and listed by SafeWise as one of the top ten safest cities in Florida for 2022.
Gig Harbor, WA
The Crescent Valley Biodiversity Management Area is approximately 800 acres and extends from Gig Harbor northward, following Crescent Creek, and including Crescent Lake. This area consists mostly of single-family homes, along with a few hobby farms. The Crescent Valley Alliance, an organization of local residents interested in maintaining the area's wealth of biodiversity, is leading the project. Crescent Valley registered as a Community Wildlife Habitat in October, 2006.
Kitsap County, WA
The Kitsap Peninsula team is representing Kitsap County, minus Bainbridge Island which has its own team. Its county seat is Port Orchard, and its largest city is Bremerton. The county was formed out of King County and Jefferson County on January 16, 1857, and is named for Chief Kitsap of the Suquamish Tribe. While working towards Community Wildlife Habitat certification this team started as the Poulsbo team but has expanded to include more partners and community members.
Stillwater Township is primarily a farming community and is one of the few agricultural areas left in New Jersey. In 1741, as gristmill was built in what is now Stillwater village. The township itself was created in 1824. There is abundant limestone in the area and the remains of several lime kilns can still be found. One of the members of the Community Wildlife Habitat team is working on the project to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Stillwater Township registered as a Community Wildlife Habitat in February, 2008.
Sunset Valley, TX
The City of Sunset Valley was incorporated in 1954 and is independent of, but has close ties to, Austin, the state. This small city of 365 people is endeavoring to maintain their rural roots, while offering all the modern conveniences. Nearly 25% of the city is dedicated as green space. The Community Wildlife Habitat team consists of one city employee and several residents who registered with the program in April of 2008.
Mercer Island, WA
Located in Lake Washington, east of downtown Seattle, Mercer Island is a suburban island community, within an easy commuting distance to downtown Seattle. The island has 35 parks and open space areas, over 50 miles of trails, public park beaches, a dog park, two stables and equestrian trails. There are 12 miles of shoreline, with several public access waterfront parks. Each end of the island has commercial development. Forest cover is primarily second growth deciduous, with some interspersed conifers. Mercer Island has a population of just over 22,000 and registered as an NWF Community Wildlife Habitat in May 2008.
Brooklyn Centre is an older, inner-city neighborhood with good public access to Major Cuyahoga Metro Parks and other green spaces. A dense population of old-growth trees line the residential streets. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is located within the neighborhood, and has helped make residents aware of protecting wildlife and habitat. The annual Brooklyn Centre Garden Tour calls the neighborhood "a small town in the heart of a big city." Brooklyn Centre was registered as a Community Wildlife Habitat in November, 2008.