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Fayetteville to be Recognized as the First Community Wildlife Habitat in the State

05/25/2012

Celebration will be held June 1st from 3 to 5 pm at the Gulley Park Gazebo

Everyone is invited to a Fayetteville Community Wildlife Habitat Celebration to recognize and honor Fayetteville as the first Community Wildlife Habitat in the State of Arkansas.  This celebration will be held Friday, June 1, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Gulley Park Gazebo.

Fayetteville is the 61st Community Wildlife Habitat certified in the nation.  Over 200 Fayetteville residents have certified their homes as Wildlife Habitats, 24 Fayetteville Parks and Trails are certified as Wildlife Habitats, 9 schools are certified as Schoolyard Wildlife habitats, the City’s two wastewater treatments plants are certified wildlife habitats, and other large "Habitat Hubs" include the Peace Prairie Wetland, Evergreen Cemetery, Lake Fayetteville, and the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.

Come out and join Mayor Lioneld Jordan and the Habitat Team for refreshments, entertainment, a kids’ wildlife activity table and much more!  At 3:30 p.m. there will be a 30-minute habitat walk around Gulley Park guided by Volunteer Project Leader and Environmental Action Committee Member Terri Lane and National Wildlife Coordinator Roxanne Paul.  At 4:30 p.m., Lane, Jordan and Paul will speak and representatives from the National Wildlife Federation will present our certification.  

The effort for the community of Fayetteville to become a Community Wildlife Habitat was initiated by Terri Lane, with the City of Fayetteville Environmental Action Committee being the lead organization overseeing the Community Wildlife Habitat  project.  Primary Partner Organizations include the Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association, Fayetteville in Bloom, CH2M Hill, the City of Fayetteville, and the Fayetteville Public Schools and their Green Teams.