The National Wildlife Federation® (NWF) is pleased to recognize that Willapa Valley Grange #527 has successfully created an official Certified Wildlife Habitat™ site. NWF celebrates the efforts of Willapa Valley Grange to create a space that improves habitat for birds, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife by providing essential elements needed by all wildlife – natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young.
“Providing a home for wildlife in our communities – 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 National Wildlife Federation.
“Providing habitat for pollinators and wildlife dovetails perfectly with our Grange’s mission to promote sustainability through gardening, farming, and low-impact lifestyles,” said Heidi Bale, Master. We have incorporated edible landscaping, a compost area, and bee hive into our property. This complements our natural surroundings on the sides and rear of the building.
NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitat program has been helping people take personal action on behalf of wildlife for more than 40 years. The program engages homeowners, businesses; schools, churches, parks and other institutions that want to make their communities wildlife friendly.
This new certified habitat joins NWF’s roll of more than 150,000 certified habitats nationwide. Wildlife habitats are important to year-round wildlife residents as well as species that migrate, such as some birds and butterflies. Each habitat is unique for both beauty and function.
For more information on gardening for wildlife and details on how an entire community can become certified, visit www.nwf.org/habitat or call 1-800-822-9919. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future.