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National Wildlife Federation has designated the Rockwood property of Caleb Beasley as an official Certified Wildlife Habitat site.
The property attracts a variety of birds, butterflies and other local animals by providing a wildlife-friendly landscape.
NWF began the Certified Wildlife Habitat program in 1973, and has since certified almost 150,000 habitats nationwide.
The majority of these sites represent the hard work and commitment of individuals and families providing habitat near their homes, but NWF has also certified more than 3,000 schools and hundreds of business and community sites.
The average habitat is between 1/3 and 1/2 acre, but certified sites range in size from urban balconies to many acres.
Any nature enthusiast can create a certified habitat and find out the rewards of gardening for wildlife. NWF teaches the importance of environmental stewardship by providing guidelines for making landscapes more hospitable to wildlife.
To become certified, a property must provide food, water, cover and places to raise young, all of which are the four basic elements that all wildlife need.
In addition to providing for wildlife, certified habitats conserve natural resources by reducing or eliminating the need for fertilizers, pesticides and/or irrigation water. The elimination of these needs ultimately protects the air, soil and water throughout the community.
The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for the future.
Visit www.nwf.org/gardenforwildlife or call toll free 1-800-822-9919 for more about gardening for wildlife or becoming certified.