Annapolis receives national recognition at National Wildlife Federation ceremony

National Wildlife Federation Annapolis receives national recognition at National Wildlife Federation ceremonyANNAPOLIS – Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen has accepted, on behalf of the city, the designation as a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Community Wildlife Habitat.

The event, hosted by the NWF, was held at the Annapolis Maritime Museum on Thursday. Senator John Astle, Anne Arundel County Councilman Chris Trumbauer, Annapolis Environmental Commission member Sari Kiraly, and former mayor Ellen Moyer attended.

Annapolis is the 71st in the country and the second in Maryland to receive this honor. A Community Wildlife Habitat project creates multiple habitat areas in backyards, schoolyards, corporate properties, community gardens, parkland and other spaces.

At the time Annapolis received notice of certification, 159 homes were certified. The City certified five schools, including two public elementary schools, a private school, a University, and an Environmental Education center:

– West Annapolis Elementary
– Eastport Elementary
– United States Naval Academy
– Calvary Center School
– Chesapeake Ecology Center

City Hall is a Certified Wildlife Habitat along with nine of its city parks:

– Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park at Back Creek
– Amos Garrett Park
– Horn Point Park
– Newman Street Park
– College Creek Park
– Acton Cove Park
– Waterworks Park
– Barbara Neustadt Park
– Truxtun Park

The Annapolis Maritime Museum is certified, along with several churches, the Governor’s Mansion, and the NWF Regional Office off Giddings Avenue.

Partners for the Certified Wildlife Habitat Team include:

– City of Annapolis
– Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs
– Department of Recreation and Parks
– National Wildlife Federation
– Wild Bird Center of Annapolis

Annapolis had already implemented many environmental programs and projects that were conducive to wildlife habitat education prior to the designation:

– Environmental Stewardship Certification Program
– Policy changes including stormwater and tree ordinances
– Greenscape
– Tree sales and giveaways

The city of Annapolis also had a Wildlife Habitat walking tour of gardens in Murray Hill in 2012.

The NWF commended the dedicated staff at the Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs (DNEP), the Recreation and Parks Department, as well as the residents, for their wildlife conservation efforts and for coming together to create a community where people and wildlife can flourish.

For more information, please go to: www.nwf.org/

Annapolis NWF Award Annapolis receives national recognition at National Wildlife Federation ceremony

>Pictured (left to right):

Sari Kiraly – Annapolis Environment Commission member

Andy Costello – Recreation and Parks Department

Marisa Wittlinger Recreation and Parks Department

Frank Biba – Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs (DNEP)

Jeanna Beard – Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs (DNEP)

Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen

Hilary Falk – NWF Regional Executive Director

Maria Broadbent – Director, Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs

Brian Woodward – Director, Recreation and Parks Department

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