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Alpharetta Becomes Nation’s 105th Certified Community Wildlife Habitat

Released August 29, 2017 12:21 PM

As Alpharetta continues to evolve and plan future developments, preserving natural landscapes and habitats are a top priority for city officials. The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has officially designated Alpharetta as an NWF Community Wildlife Habitat because of the city’s commitment to combining population growth with green space conservation.

NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitat program has been helping people take personal action on behalf of wildlife for more than 40 years. The program recognizes homeowners, businesses, schools, churches, parks, and other institutions that want to make their municipalities wildlife-friendly. A Community Wildlife Habitat project, like the one adopted by the Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission, creates multiple habitat areas in backyards, schoolyards, corporate properties, town gardens, parkland and other spaces. The city is the 105th city in the country and the 3rd community in Georgia to receive this honor.

While the concern for habitat loss is a nationwide matter, projects must be incorporated on a local level. Alpharetta representatives have gone to great lengths to promote the preservation of green spaces in Alpharetta that support wildlife. The Alpharetta Natural Resource Commission (NRC) comprises of seven to nine appointed individuals that advise and promote the protection of natural resources locally through public education and conservation initiatives. Through the Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission and Alpharetta’s Wild Side program, business and homeowners are encouraged to provide food, water, and shelter that support wildlife, as well as participate in sustainable gardening practices.

“A successful, sustainable community must balance the natural environment with growth while engaging residents and businesses. This is why Alpharetta continues to purchase land for parks and works to ensure that usable green space and landscapes are preserved. We are so proud of this Community Wildlife Habitat designation and of every citizen and business that has committed their property to the sustainability of Alpharetta’s natural resources,” says Alpharetta City Councilman, Chris Owens.

NWF commends the dedicated residents of Alpharetta and city officials for their wildlife conservation efforts and for coming together for a common purpose - to create an area where people and wildlife can flourish.  At a time when municipalities are faced with the problems of losing habitats to development, Alpharetta stands out as a model for other communities to emulate.  The knowledge and inspiration that this project has generated will lead Alpharetta residents and visitors to take better care of and appreciate their natural surroundings. 

“Providing a home for wildlife in our towns – whether it’s at home, or in schools, businesses or parks – is the demonstration of a healthy and active ecosystem. There is no more rewarding way to stay connected to nature right outside your door,” said David Mizejewski, a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation.