In 2010, the City of Fayetteville's Environmental Action Committee, led by Terri Lane, set a goal to become the first certified community in Arkansas under the National Wildlife Federation's (NWF) Community Wildlife Habitat Project. Over the course of the past year, eight schools, twenty-four parks, 120 houses, and a host of businesses have self-certified following the checklist outlined by NWF. Terri and a team of volunteers has constructed a rain garden at Butterfield Elementary, held education seminars at the Library, and delivered numerous public presentations.
Partnerships with CH2MHILL, the firm that manages the City's wastewater treatment facilities, and the Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association has allowed them to develop educational brochures and expand the scope and reach of the program. At this point, the community has greatly exceeded the requirements for certification in education, community projects, and administrative benchmarks. The one outstanding goal for achieving community certification is eclipsing the mark of 200 homes certified. We are eighty homes short. Please take a moment to view the Community Wildlife Habitat Project website and see if your yard provides the food, water, shelter, and nesting sites necessary to qualify. It's easier than you might think. The cost for certification is $20, but there are also opportunities to get free certification if you cannot afford the fee.