Montclair: First Community Wildlife Habitat of New Jersey!
Montclair has be recognized as New Jersey’s first National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Community Wildlife Habitat. ll participating homes have NWF certified Backyard Habitats. This means they provide the basics for desired wildlife – food, water, cover, and places to raise young – while helping the environment by using native plants, composting, eliminating pesticide use, and conserving water.
Montclair’s certification as a Community Wildlife Habitat culminated six years of work by the Backyard Habitat Project, which succeeded in getting nearly 200 Montclair locations certified as habitats. Each home certified as a Backyard Habitat gave us one point towards community certification.
If you haven’t yet certified your home, school, business, house of worship, or local park, it’s not too late – the goal is to certify at least 10 more Montclair sites a year. No yard is too small. If you are interested in certifying your yard.
We’ve Done it! Montclair is a NWF Community Wildlife Habitat
In March 2010, Montclair became the first certified Community Wildlife Habitat in New Jersey and the 38th certified community in the nation.
The Montclair Backyard Habitat team has been hard at work for over 6 years to achieve this goal. Activities have included an annual Backyard Habitat Fair to educate residents about gardening for wildlife and sustainable practices, a yearly Habitat Garden Tour featuring certified yard, the creation of the Montclair Backyard Habitat website, educational presentations to various organizations, tabling at numerous events, the distribution of free native plants, and a stream clean up. As a result of our efforts in Montclair, 155 homes, 9 schools, 7 community gardens or parks, 4 businesses, and five houses of worship have become Certified Wildlife Habitat sites.
The Montclair Backyard Habitat Project is working with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) to promote the creation of habitat friendly to both people and wildlife in our community.
We have a new vision of what a suburban community can be.
Moving away from the traditional focus on sterile and even toxic lawns, we seek to preserve and enhance habitat through natural landscaping, using native plants and design techniques that provide food and shelter for birds, butterflies, and other desired wildlife.
The NWF has a program to promote exactly this kind of shift in yard care by encouraging towns to become certified as Community Wildlife Habitats.
Let’s go wild!
FOR AN APPLICATION FORM TO CERTIFY YOUR YARD AS A BACKYARD HABITAT, PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK:
Certified Garden at 69 Grove Street, Montclair, NJ. This garden features more than 80 different kind of native plants & bushes from the North East Region
A good example of a forest edge habitat created in suburban certified backyard in Montclair
Anyone interested in participating in the project in Montclair or working to establish Community Wildlife Habitat in other towns can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and should check the NWF’s website at www.nwf.org/bwh