The Galena Territory
The Galena Territory is a 6800-acre planned residential/resort community eight miles east of the county seat of Galena. The "Territory" includes 1750 acres of common property, known as Greenspace, and it includes a 228-acre impounded lake, 40 miles of trails and habitat for wildlife. The Galena Territory Association is the only property owners' association in Illinois that has a full-time employee and budget dedicated solely to manage the Greenspace for the benefit of wildlife and residents. This employee and community residents comprise the Community Wildlife Habitat team.
Melbourne Beach, FL
Established in 1883, Melbourne Beach is Brevard County's oldest beach community. It was incorporated as a town in 1923. The town has a total area of 1.3 square miles and it lies on a barrier island with the Indian River lagoon to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Despite its ideal location, Melbourne Beach is still largely residential. Members of the town's Environmental Advisory Board are on the Community Wildlife Habitat team, as is the town's mayor, a former biology professor.
Shoreline is a suburban community that incorporated to become a City in 1995. It has classic Puget Sound beauty along with proximity to Seattle and all it offers. Shoreline is a "land bridge" connecting Puget Sound to Lake Washington. It may be small, but it has diverse natural habitats that include marine shoreline and bluffs; peat bogs & streams; in addition to upland habitats & many native evergreen trees. The combination of diverse habitat and being on the Pacific Flyway affords the opportunity to see many different resident & migrating birds.
Fairfax County is a large, diverse county in northern Virginia with a budget larger than four states. It has the twelfth largest school system in the country and is home to George Mason University, Marymount University and Northern Virginia Community College. With nearly 400 parks, the Fairfax County Park Authority cares for 9% of the county land, which comprises over 23,500 acres. The Community Wildlife Habitat team consists of Fairfax County Park Authority staff, a member of the county Board of Supervisors, the director of the Fairfax County Park Foundation, as well as members of the “Friends” groups of various nature centers in the county.
Takoma Park, MD
Takoma Park was founded in 1883 and has a large number of old homes and mature trees. The population is very diverse in age, ethnicity and economic condition and includes many professionals, artists, musicians and writers. Takoma Park has been a 'Tree City' since 1984 and has many progressive environmental programs, led by groups such as the Friends of Sligo Creek, the Takom Park Horticulture Club and the Takoma Park Committee on the Environment.
Sammamish is a suburban community situated on the shores and hilly terrain east of Lake Sammamish in Washington state. The natural environment includes approximately 10 miles of Lake Sammamish shoreline, wetlands, streams, two other lakes, and several parks with many hiking trails. Sammamish borders a King County 640-acre passive use park. Wildlife seen in the community include black bears, bobcats, coyotes, black-tail deer, beavers, and numerous bird and fish species. The Community Wildlife Habitat team includes Parks Commissioners, Washington Native Plant stewards, Wildlife Habitat stewards, and Eastside Audubon Society members.
Whitewater Springs was developed in 1998 in the Texas Hill Country northwest of Austin. It is surrounded by the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge and several large ranches. The terrain of the community is hilly with deep ravines. There is a spring-fed, 14-acre lake, a running creek and several smaller creeks and “wet weather” creeks. Our community has excellent Golden-cheeked Warbler habitat and the warblers return here to nest every spring. A cave in the community is home to a large bat colony. Only 98 homes in the community have been built so far and the residents who are members of the Community Wildlife Habitat team would like to educate incoming residents about preserving the abundant wildlife and native plants in the community.
Chula Vista, CA
Chula Vista is the second largest city in San Diego County. Located seven mile south of downtown San Diego and seven miles north of one of the world's busiest international border crossings, Chula Vista is at the crossroads of the region. From a scenic bay front that stretches along the coast to the communities and majestic San Miguel Mountain in the east, Chula Vista is known for its residential design and environmental innovation.
Hamburg is a small historic town, noted for its beautiful Victorian architecture. Located in the northern Berks County, it is known as the crossroads of Northern Berks. It is bordered on the north by the beautiful Blue Mountains (crossed by the Appalachian Trail) and to the west by the Schuylkill River. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, a famous location for viewing seasonal migration of raptors, is only ten miles away.
The Lake Norman community consists of the towns of Mooresville, Huntersville, Troutman, Denver, Cornelius, Terrell and Sherrills Ford, all of which surround the lake. Lake Norman was created in 1963 by Duke Energy. Fed by the Catawba River, it is 34 miles long and is sometimes referred to as the “inland sea of North Carolina”. It has over 520 miles of shoreline and over one thousand islands of various sizes. The lake offers abundant fresh water fishing and hosts national fishing tournaments. The project has been named “Wild over LKN!” and it is sponsored by the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists, a chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. For more information, go to www.lakenormanwildlife.org.