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National foundation certifies Lambertville as wildlife-friendly

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Leading a nationwide trend in community concern for habitat loss, Lambertville has been officially designated a Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).

Lambertville is one of only 125 communities in the country and the fourth in New Jersey to receive this honor. NWF commends the residents of Lambertville and the Lambertville Goes Wild team for their wildlife conservation efforts and for coming together for a common purpose – to create a community where people and wildlife can flourish.

To become certified, a team must provide education and outreach to community members about the elements necessary to support local wildlife, including birds, butterflies, and bees.

A wildlife habitat is pesticide-free, and provides food, water, cover and places to raise young. A key element of these requirements is wider use of native plants, which are often the only food these animals can eat.

The monarch butterfly’s dependence on milkweed for its survival is the most well-known example. A Community Wildlife Habitat incorporates these elements in backyards, schoolyards, corporate properties, community gardens, parkland and other spaces.

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

A certification celebration will be scheduled later this year, with a representative of the National Wildlife Federation presenting the certification to the city. Details of the event will be announced when they are available.

The Lambertville Goes Wild team will continue its outreach and provide education and assistance to all residents in order to maintain the city’s certification and continue to improve the habitat and environment for all its wildlife and human inhabitants.

To find out how to participate, or for information about Lambertville Goes Wild, go to: lambertvillegoeswild.weebly.com or to the Lambertville Goes Wild Facebook page.

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