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Community Wildlife Habitat
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Rockville certified as a Community Wildlife Habitat
Recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as the 88th certified Community Wildlife Habitat in the United States

The National Wildlife Federation's (NWF) Community Wildlife Habitat program is a national recognition program for neighborhoods, towns, cities, and counties that create a community where people, wildlife and plants can all flourish. The program engages homeowners, businesses, schools, universities, places of worship, parks, civic and community organizations and others in creating and certifying wildlife-friendly landscapes on their properties. Each individual certified site provides the four basic elements that all wildlife need: food, water, cover and places to raise young. The program also encourages gardening in an environmentally friendly way, planting native species of plants and replacing lawns with trees, shrubs and other plants. These certified habitats help to create corridors for wildlife to thrive throughout the community. 

Reaching this goal has been a true community effort, and many dedicated volunteers and property owners contributed to this achievement. Efforts began in 2009 when volunteers helped Rockville register to participate in the programIn July of 2016, the NWF announced that Rockville had become the 88th certified Community Wildlife Habitat in the United States by achieving 300 points through the participation of 200 homes and 14 schools and places of worship. 

Become Involved
There are many opportunities to become involved and continue to support the program's goals by learning about environmentally sustainable garden practices and creating new habitats throughout the community: