Rye is a small city bordering 5.5 miles of coastline on Long Island Sound. It is in south-central Westchester County. Rye has two historic beaches, Playland (an amusement park that is a National Historic Landmark), and three major wildlife sanctuaries. One fifth of the total land area in Rye is devoted to recreation and conservation. The Community Wildlife Habitat team consists of representatives from local environmental advocacy groups and a local nature center. For more information, please go to www.ryenaturecenter.org/habitat-project/4574352798.
Lake City, FL
Located in North-Central Florida along the Georgia border, Columbia County is a rural community that is rapidly becoming urbanized. It has become the center for commercial and medical needs for the region north of Gainesville. Because of its many pristine rivers, springs and forests, this area of Florida has become a Mecca for natural tourism. The Osceola National Forest and Pinhook Swamp are in the county, as well as the Suwannee, Santa Fe and Ichetucknee rivers and their tributaries. The Community Wildlife Habitat team consists of a diverse group of experts, including a Commissioner of Columbia County and the mayor of Lake City.
Deerfield Beach, FL
Deerfield Beach, located 14 miles north of Fort Lauderdale, is a coastal city with a lovely white sand beach, canals, lakes and preserved parks. It is a city of mixed ages and was ranked #1 by Money magazine on their “Where Homes are Most Affordable” list. The city has a strong support for preservation of the environment by staff and volunteers of the Deerfield Beach Arboretum, Deerfield Beach Island Park, the Chamber of Commerce and the city Beautification Committee, as well as from the mayor and city commissioners. Deerfield Beach has been awarded the “Blue Wave” designation from the Clean Beach Council.
Brier is a small suburban city in southwest Snohomish County. It was incorporated in 1965, with the goal of remaining semi-rural in character. It is a family-oriented community and is unique in the urban Seattle region for having farm animals and an active equestrian population. A stated goal of Brier’s city government is that development be “consistent and harmonious” with the original spacious, wooded and semi-rural nature of the area. With the recent construction of large homes and removal of trees and undergrowth, many of Brier’s residents have become concerned with the preservation of their wildlife heritage.
Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States and is a hub of transportation and industry in the Midwest. It is a diverse city that takes pride in its green spaces. The city has long supported green roofs and the Chicago City Hall has an extensive one. The Chicago Park District administers over 7,300 acres of parks, including 33 sand beaches and 10 bird and wildlife gardens. Chicago’s project is called the “Chicago Green Mission” and it is being led by staff from the Gethsemane Garden Center, a large, independently-owned garden center within the city. For more information, visit the Chicago Green Mission on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chicago-Green-Mission-CGM/189219084452039.
Hillsville is the county seat of Carroll County and it is in the Blue Ridge Plateau of the Appalachian Mountains. Residents and visitors enjoy the many outdoor recreation opportunities, including New River Trail State Park and Devils Den Nature Preserve, where lady slipper orchids grow in the wild. The Community Wildlife Habitat team includes both Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners, as well as the town’s manager. The project is named Hillsville Natural Heritage Project. The Hillsville Flea Market, held twice a year, is the largest flea market east of the Mississippi River.
Redmond is a city in King County, Washington, and we are working on creating tiny native forest gardens in our yards, schools, businesses, and community spaces. Please email if you want help adding native plants and wildlife habitat to your yard or even your balcony. Our team is reactivating as of July 2020 and if you live nearby, please consider joining or volunteering with us. RedmondCWHTeam@outlook.com is our email.
The Friday Creek community consists of the watershed of the Samish River in Skagit County, upstream of the confluence with its tributary, Friday Creek. The community is chiefly rural with only a few small settlements: the unincorporated towns of Alger, Thornwood and Prairie. Small-scale agriculture dominates the valleys and commercial forestry the uplands. Most of the residents own single-family dwellings on their own land holdings that range in size from lots to whole farms. The Samish River supports a wide variety of fish, including several salmon and trout species.
Burien just became a city in 1993. In 2011, it annexed part of the North Highline unincorporated part of King County, to add 14,000 residents to the city's population. Burien is a diverse community, with 38 percent of the population made up by minorities. The city prides itself on having a small town flavor that supports neighborhoods, while preserving and enhancing the environment. Burien has 6 miles of Puget Sound shoreline, including popular Seahurst Park. The Salmon Creek Greenbelt is adjacent to the park.
Enright Ridge Urban Eco-Village is a predominantly middle-class urban eco-village that was established in 2004. The single family framed houses were built in the early 1900's and are almost exclusively owner-occupied. The homes are surrounded by greenspace, including a large cemetery and a wooded nature preserve. The eco-village's mission statement says that it "seeks to be an ecologically responsible community, sharing ideas, resources and a reverence for the Earth". In 2009, residents started an Urban Farm, complete with a greenhouses and they now offer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares for sale during the harvest season."