Heritage Garden Renewed as a Certified Wildlife Habitat
In 1973, a US Forest Service Research study showed that any landowner could create a wildlife habitat successfully in a small area. These simple changes enhance property value, improve air and water quality, reduce energy use and pollution, and add easy-care, beautiful plants. National Wildlife Federation (NWF) shows the public how easy it is to do and offers a Certification for those who have made the change. As of 2006, NWF has certified over 90,000 properties. See http://www.nwf.org/gardenforwildlife/ for more information.
NWF is proud to announce that the Ohio Governor’s Heritage Garden is an official Certified Wildlife Habitat because it provides food, water, cover, and places to raise young, and follows sustainable gardening practices (such as reducing lawn area and chemical use, removing invasive plant species, and adding native plant species). This attracts and supports a wide diversity of wildlife including colorful Songbirds and Butterflies. To learn how the program might apply to an Ohio property, see http://www.backyardhabitat.info.