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Annapolis receives national recognition at wildlife ceremony

10/4/2013, 6 a.m.
On behalf of the City of Annapolis, Mayor Joshua J. Cohen accepted, the city’s designation as a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Community Wildlife Habitat. (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; and Brian Woodward,Director, Recreation and Parks Department. Courtesy photo

— Leading a nationwide trend in community concern for habitat loss, Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen 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 Thursday, September 26. 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.

The City had already implemented many environmental programs and projects that were conducive to wildlife habitat education prior to the designation, including stormwater and tree ordinances and an

Environmental Stewardship Certification Program.

The NWF commends 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 for a common purpose - to create a community where people and wildlife can flourish.