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.
Oak Harbor, WA
Whidbey Island is approximately 55 miles long and is the largest island in Washington. It has 200 miles of shoreline and is comprised of gentle hills, forest and green valleys. Ebey's Landing National Historic Preserve protects the island's rare and sensitive plants. Numerous other state parks are on the island, including Deception Pass State Park, which offers views of the Olympic and Cascade mountains to the west and east. The project has already partnered with Whidbey Audubon and a local Boy Scout troop.
Bellingham is a small city located on Puget Sound that is the county seat of Whatcom County. It has an active port, which supports fishing, shipping and other industry. The citizens of Bellingham have a strong interest in their parks and green spaces, voting three times to tax themselves to purchase land for this purpose. East of Bellingham are the North Cascades Mountains, including volcanic Mt. Baker. Species of concern include chinook and coho salmon, western pond turtles and marbled murrelets. Check out the City of Bellingham's Backyard Habitat/Landscaping for Wildlife web page for a brief history of Bellingham's certification and local resources on how to certify your yard, schoolyard or business landscaping: https://cob.org/gov/public/volunteer/parks-volunteer/backyard-habitat
Montclair is an older suburb of NYC, having experienced its greatest growth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when its development was stimulated by easy train access to New York. This early pattern of development influences Montclair to this day and it has six train stations offering easy commuter access to New York and several local shopping districts. Parks cover 278 acres in town and there are over 17,000 shade trees in the town. Montclair is well-known locally for its Victorian homes, rich cultural life and racial and economic diversity. For more information, go to www.montclairwildlife.com.
Bainbridge Island, WA
Only a ferry ride away from Seattle, Bainbridge Island has retained its rural character. It is noted for its natural beauty, abundance of wildlife, preserved open space, walking trails and narrow two-lane roads. The forested areas are mostly second-growth, with small areas of old growth. Also, much of the island is still farmed. There is a small-town atmosphere on the island, with a high level of community involvement.
Established in 1885, Townsend is a small, historic community that was listed in the National Registry of Historic Places in 1986. The town is surrounded by picturesque farmland and protected wetlands that support an abundance of native plants and native wildlife. The Townsend Community Wildlife Habitat project is supported in part by NWF's state affiliate, the Delaware Nature Society.
The certified team from Edmonds has merged into the regional team: South Snohomish County. Please visit the page for the South Snohomish County team to learn what we are working on and how to connect.
Pompano Beach, FL
Pompano Beach is a beautiful beachfront city bordered on its full length by the Atlantic Ocean. Due to recurring hurricanes and water shortages, the area's vegetation is finally transitioning away from tropical exotics and more towards native plants, with the help of groups such as NatureScape Broward. Pompano Beach is the second oldest city in Broward County and will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in July, 2008. The "Grow Wild!" team is hoping to be certified in concert with this event.
Greater Mason District
This project is being led by the Friends of Hidden Oaks Nature Center, a non-profit group associated with a county nature center. The Mason District is one of several districts within Fairfax County, Virginia. It is a relatively urban community, with an ethnically diverse population. A recent trend has been for small single-family homes to be replaced with mini-mansions, reducing backyards and mature trees. Green space in the district has declined significantly in the last 20 years, while there has been a dramatic increase in impervious surfaces.
La Conner; Laconner, WA
The Skagit Valley community is based around the Skagit River, which originates in the North Cascades and empties into Puget Sound. The City of Mount Vernon, voted the "Best Small City in America" in 1998, is the principal town. The lower Skagit Valley is very productive agricultural land, while the lands to the west are mostly uninhabited forest land. This community abuts the Fidalgo Island/Anacortes Community Wildlife Habitat project and the hope is to create wildlife corridors on a more regional basis.