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Alpharetta’s Wild Side, a project to certify Alpharetta as a Community Wildlife Habitat, is offering city residents an opportunity to learn about the importance of gardening for wildlife.  As part of this educational effort, the Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission will host, “Wild Ideas for Your Backyard.”  This is a FREE event open to all area residents. 

When: October 7th @ 7:00pm

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Natural Resources Commission


 

The Alpharetta Natural Resource Commission (NRC) is a group of 7-9 individuals appointed by the Mayor and City Council to act both hands-on and also in an advisory capacity to promote the protection of Alpharetta's trees and other natural resources and to provide public education regarding environmental and conservation issues.


The Commission is the Keep America Beautiful Affiliate for Alpharetta.  Their scope also includes maintaining the City’s Tree City USA certification. 


Our Mission:  To lead and educate the community to improve, protect, conserve and beautify Alpharetta’s natural resources. 

Together with the City Arborist (Mr. David Shostak) and the City Environmental Programs Coordinator (Ms. Terry Porter), the NRC sponsors such events as:

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• 'Bring One for the Chipper' holiday tree recycling
• Arbor Day celebration
• 'Rivers Alive' waterways clean-up
• Household Hazardous Waste and Paint Collections,
•  Electronics Recycling Collection Events
• Sensitive Document Shredding Events
• The Great American Clean-up
• Community workshops on various topics

 

 

ALPHARETTA’S WILD SIDE


* City Resolution: National Community Wildlife Habitat


What is it?
Alpharetta’s Wild Side is a project sponsored by the Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission to have Alpharetta certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a Community Wildlife Habitat.  The focus of the project is to use native plants as habitats for pollinators and other neighborhood-friendly animals.  Certification also requires community projects and educational workshops.  See the Points Chart below for the specific requirements.  For more information see http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Garden-for-Wildlife/Community-Habitats.aspx

Why is it important?
The Alpharetta City Council decided to pursue certification as a Community Wildlife Habitat because it will enhance Alpharetta as a residential community in several ways.  See [link to council resolution.]  Most importantly, this project will increase the diversity and resiliency of native plants and wildlife which in turn will create a healthier environment by improving the quality of our air and water.

How can you help? 
You can join the team that of volunteers that is developing and overseeing a plan to meet the certification requirements.  Simply send an email to alpharettaswildside@gmail.com or call 770-828-5774 to join or ask questions.

Even if you do not join the team, you can still help Alpharetta achieve certification by registering your yard with the National Wildlife Federation as a wildlife habitat.  The requirements for registration are simple: food, water and shelter for the wildlife species you are trying to attract, including space to raise their young.  If you have any wildlife in your yard, you probably already meet the requirements.  For more information and to register your yard, see http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Garden-for-Wildlife/Create-a-Habitat.aspx


As community activities for Alpharetta’s Wild Side are planned, including workshops on how to create a wildlife habitat, information will be available on our facebook page


 

Points Chart
In order to be certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a Community Wildlife Habitat, Alpharetta needs to accumulate the following points:

Wildlife habitatsA minimum of 300 points is required as follows:

At least 200 homes @ 1 point each
At least 6 common areas @ 3 points each
At least 5 schools @ 5 points each  

Community programsThe minimum points required are:  

Community Education     40
Community Projects     50
Partnerships with experts and associations  20
Volunteer training       10

Alpharetta must also accumulate an additional 50 points each year after it is certified. 


Links To Resources:

Native Plants In Georgia

Georgia Native Plant Society: http://www.gnps.org
Georgia Perimeter College: http://gpcnativegarden.org
Where to buy:   http://www.gnps.org/resources/Native_Nurseries.php
http://www.wildflower.org/collections/collection.php?collection=GA
 

Gardening For Wildlife
http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Garden-for-Wildlife/Gardening-Tips/Using-Native-Plants.aspx
http://www.enature.com/gardening/
http://www.ehow.com/info_8356694_native-plants-attract-birds.html
http://web4.audubon.org/bird/at_home/Plants.html
http://nababutterfly.com/
http://beekind.bumblebeeconservation.org/
http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Garden-for-Wildlife/Gardening-Tips/Build-a-Bat-House.aspx
http://www.bats.org.uk/pages/why_bats_matter.html
Where to buy milkweed: http://www.eealliance.org/resources---where-to-buy-milkweed 
Milkweed field guide: http://www.eealliance.org/assets/Documents/MAG/field_guide.pdf

Wildlife
http://www.enature.com/zipguides

 

Resources


Resources:


If you would like more information about trees, tree preservation, planting, care, tree events, and Tree City USA, go to:

• GA Urban Forestry Council:  www.gufc.org

 National Arbor Day Foundation:  www.nationalarborday.org

• If you would like more information about our state Keep Georgia Beautiful or national Keep America Beautiful events and programs, go to:

• Keep Georgia Beautiful:  www.keepgeorgiabeautiful.org

• Keep America Beautiful:  www.kab.org

• If you would like more information about where and how to recycle various items other than through Alpharetta's curbside pick-up and special recycling collections, go to: http://www.earth911.com

• For information on upcoming natural resource and environmental events sponsored by NRC and the City, please go to the City Calendar


Native Plants In Georgia

Georgia Native Plant Society: http://www.gnps.org
Georgia Perimeter College: http://gpcnativegarden.org
UGA: http://www.caes.uga.edu/applications/publications/files/pdf/B%20987_6.PDF
Where to buy:   http://www.gnps.org/resources/Native_Nurseries.php
http://www.wildflower.org/collections/collection.php?collection=GA
 

Gardening For Wildlife
http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Garden-for-Wildlife/Gardening-Tips/Using-Native-Plants.aspx
http://www.enature.com/gardening/
http://www.ehow.com/info_8356694_native-plants-attract-birds.html
http://web4.audubon.org/bird/at_home/Plants.html
http://nababutterfly.com/
http://beekind.bumblebeeconservation.org/
http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Garden-for-Wildlife/Gardening-Tips/Build-a-Bat-House.aspx
http://www.bats.org.uk/pages/why_bats_matter.html
Where to buy milkweed: http://www.eealliance.org/resources---where-to-buy-milkweed 
Milkweed field guide: http://www.eealliance.org/assets/Documents/MAG/field_guide.pdf

Wildlife
http://www.enature.com/zipguides
 

 

Commission Members


Commission Members:

The Alpharetta Natural Resource Commission (NRC) is a group of 7-9 individuals appointed by the Mayor and City Council to act both hands-on and also in an advisory capacity to promote the protection of Alpharetta's trees and other natural resources and to provide public education regarding environmental and conservation issues.

Deborah Zemlock - Chairman
Geralyn Chapple
Barney Crooks
Sandra Johnson
Ben Manley
Howard Salk

The Natural Resources Commission of Alpharetta meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at City Hall, and we invite you to join us anytime.

Upcoming Commission Meetings


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10/21/2014 7:00 PM

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