Known as “The City of Open Spaces and Friendly Faces”, Piedmont has ranked among the fastest growing cities in Oklahoma, but it wasn’t always that way. Although Piedmont was incorporated before Oklahoma became a state, its population was less than 300 until the 1950’s. Piedmont is in the Central Plains eco-region, which is a transition area between the once prairie (now winter wheat-growing) region to the west and the forested low mountains to the east.
South Woodlawn Neighborhood is one of the many neighborhoods that comprise Knoxville, Tennessee. It was a sweet potato farm until the post-World War II era, when it became suburbanized. Most of the homes were built during this time, so there are still plenty of mature trees and brush. Wildlife flourishes in the open, undeveloped areas. The neighborhood is largely residential, with only a few businesses and one school. For more information, go to http://www.swna-knox.org/wildlife-habitat-community.
Oakland Park, FL
Oakland Park was incorporated in 1929. Over the past 50 years it has changed from a rural community where cows and hogs roamed throughout the city's primitive roads to a modern, highly urbanized, but family-oriented city. Increasing the urban tree canopy is a big priority for the city and over one thousand trees have been planted in the past five years. The Community Wildlife Habitat project is being led by personnel from the city's Park and Leisure Services Department. The project has been named WOW-Welcome Our Wildlife.
Benton County is situated in the Willamette Valley of Northwestern Oregon. Benton County is bordered to the west by the heavily forested Oregon Coast Range and to the east by the Willamette River. The county includes many notable natural features such as Mary’s Peak (highest peak in Oregon’s Central Coast Range), Alesa Falls, Peavy Arboretum, and other natural features. The largest city is Corvallis and it’s home to Oregon State University.
Newark is a small city with a vibrant Main Street and the University of Delaware at its center. Newark has a mix of light industry, commercial areas, residential neighborhoods and the university campus. Several of the larger industrial sections of the city have been transitioning to other uses. A former paper mill is becoming a city park and the former Chrysler plant is being converted by the university into research and educational facilities with "green" designs. Two streams flow through the city limits, providing natural corridors for wildlife.
The Hollow Road neighborhood is part of Nibley City, the fastest growing community in Cache County, Utah. All of the homes in this neighborhood are on a minimum of two-acre plots and the road parallels the Blacksmith Fork River and three canals. The abundance of water in this area promotes great riparian zones of tree growth and lures in at least 75 species of birds including eagles, hawks, falcons, turkeys, pheasants, warblers, orioles, tanagers, hummingbirds, kingfishers, dippers, buntings, towhees, grosbeaks, waxwings, and all kinds of finches.....to name a few. Hollow Road is frequented by Mule Deer, but Moose and Elk have also been rare visitors. Mountain Lions occasionally roam the mountains to the East, and the sound of Coyotes howling in the foothills, or the yapping of Red Foxes, are not totally unfamiliar. Cache County gets its name from its use as a place where mountain men would cache their furs to be sold at later dates. It is the northernmost county in Utah and consists of a verdant valley at 4600' elevation, surrounded by mountains over 9000' high. The County, and much of the State, were once the ancient location of huge Lake Bonneville. Hollow Road got its name from the depression carved through lake deposits by the Blacksmith Fork River. It is a small valley within a large one. The neighborhood is about 3 miles long, has about 140 homes, and 430 residents. Many are certifying their property with NWF through our local volunteer group, the Cache Valley Wildlife Association.
Pound Ridge, NY
A town of picturesque hills and dales, stone walls, and wood lots. With one church and one elementary school, Pound Ridge is unique for what is does not have –traffic lights, malls, fast food places—as well as what it has. A third of the town’s 23 square miles have been set aside as open space. Most residential lots are 2-4 acres. The residents share the community with bear, deer, fox, coyotes, and other wildlife.
Johns Creek, GA
Johns Creek is a relatively new municipality that was created from unincorporated parts of northeastern Fulton County in 2006. The community is named for the body of water that runs through the city. John Creek borders the Chattahoochee River National Recreation area and is 20 miles from Lake Lanier, one of Georgia’s most popular recreational destinations. A family-oriented community that takes great pride in its schools, Johns Creek’s has 35% of its population under the age of 19. The team leader, who brought the community to certification, is a high school student. For more information, please go to www.johnscreekwildlifehabitat.org
With one of the best tree canopies in the US, the city of Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina and 15th largest in the US. Charlotte is proud to be one of the top ten cities for wildlife as noted by the National Wildlife Federation. As the second largest financial center in the United States, it is a diverse community of people from every corner of the world. The city is just three hours from the Atlantic and two hours from some of the oldest mountains on the planet - the Blue Ridge Mountains. While hosting 325 of the Fortune 500 companies, Charlotte has abundant green spaces, including over 35 miles of trails, 21,000 acres of parks, 27 nature preserves and nearly 65 miles of greenways offering a host of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, and observing flora and fauna. There's even a public campground in a 1,132 acre nature preserve in the city. Charlotte has many areas of protected lands as part of the Central Carolinas Biodiversity Trail including rare Piedmont prairies and important wetlands. Charlotte demonstrates a working balance between economic development and preserving natural and quality green space for wildlife as well as expanding tree canopy. Charlotte Wildlife Stewards, the Charlotte Chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation certified the city in 2015, and offers free nature related community programs and events throughout the year. Our webpage is one of the city’s top go-to resources for local and regional environmental information. Currently, the city has over 1,515 certified wildlife habitats. (set video playback to 1080p) Visit our website: www.Charlottewildlife.org
The community of Monte Sano is named after the 1600 foot mountain on which it sits. Monte Sano is Spanish for “Mountain of Health”. Since the 1820s, people have been coming to Monte Sano for its clean air and pristine springs. The Monte Sano Hotel and a railway to get up the mountain were built in 1887; soldiers recuperating from diseases during the Spanish-American War were sent to Monte Sano. Of the 7434 acres that comprise Monte Sano, 2500 acres are in the Monte Sano State Park, 600 acres are managed by the Land Trust of Huntsville and 167 acres belong to the Burritt Museum. The Denizens of Monte Sano development includes approximately 600 homes and the Monte Sano Club.