Broadlands is the Nation’s 25th Certified Community Wildlife Habitat. Broadlands Registered for Certification on March 2003 with National Wildlife Federation to become Certified Wildlife Habitat™.
On February 4th 2008, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) officially announced the certification of Broadlands as the 25th Community Wildlife Habitat in the nation. This was the culmination of an effort that began back in March of 2003, when the Community Wildlife Habitat program was still being developed.
The Wildlife Habitat Committee and the NWF will hold a Certification Ceremony at the Nature Center on May 3rd, 2008 from 10:30a.m. to 12:30p.m. There will be activities for kids, entertainment by the Eagle Ridge Jazz Band, exhibitions by environmental organizations and more…
Broadlands has a wildlife friendly environment in Stream Valley Park, a linear park system that runs through the community. Numerous trails, wetlands, woodlands and parks provide wildlife habitats and have been certified. Nature-related activities for adults and children provided by the Naturalist will continue as part of our efforts to educate and instill a love of nature in our community.
The Certification process involved earning about 250 Points based on our population at the time of the registration.
• One point for each certified home, townhome, or apartment
Number Certified: 107 residences
• Three points for every certified public site, workplace, park, place of worship, or other common areas
Number Certified: 46 Common/Community Areas
• Five points for every certified Schoolyard Habitat
Number Certified: 5 schools (one in progress)
• Ten bonus points for each certified Resident member of the Habitat Team
Number Certified: 3 Habitat Team Members
Certification requires each site owner to maintain a habitat for wildlife by providing four basic elements that all wildlife need: food, water, cover and places to raise young.
The Broadlands Wildlife Habitat Committee will develop programs about sustainable gardening practices such as reducing or eliminating chemical fertilizers and pesticides, conserving water, planting native plants, removing invasive plants and composting. We will organize workshops about gardening for wildlife, and hold community events such as stream or trail cleanups to make the community healthier for wildlife and people alike. These projects will make Broadlands a community where people, flora and fauna will continue to flourish.
Please visit www.nwf.org/backyard/certify.cfm to get more information about certifying your home, business or other properties.