OTTAWA, Jan. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Wildlife Federation is
pleased to announce a "first" for its Backyard Certification Program.
The village of Lawrencetown, NS in Annapolis County has been certified
wildlife friendly. Marking the first time an entire community has
received such a designation from the Federation.
"I wasn't sure it could be done but I'm thrilled to say Lawrencetown
showed me it could," said Wade Luzny, CWF CEO and Executive Vice
President. "It was an enormous undertaking for the village and its
residents, but well worth it. They will reap the rewards for years to
come. In addition to providing for wildlife, certified habitats
conserve our natural resources by reducing or eliminating the need for
fertilizers, pesticides or irrigation water, which ultimately protects
the air, soil and water throughout our communities."
CWF's Backyard Habitat Certification Program recognizes the amazing
efforts Canadians are taking to meet the habitat needs of wildlife and
allows for properties to receive and official designation as wildlife
friendly. In certifying properties, CWF ensures an outdoor space meets
the needs of wildlife - food, water, shelter, space the inclusion of
native plants. To date, more than 650 properties across Canada have
"I would have done anything I could to help our town receive the
designaition. Even if that meant doing all the paperwork and driving
from property to property to take pictures," says Diana Ackroyd, the
inspiration and driving force behind Lawrencetown's certification.
Representatives from the Canadian Wildlife Federation will be in
Lawrencetown on Saturday, January 28, 2012 to present the certification
at a celebration at Nova Scotia Community College.
This year the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) will commemorate 50
years of conserving and protecting Canadian wildlife and its habitat.
Formed in 1962, its unique combination of action, engagement and
trusted environmental education has been at the forefront of Canadian
conservation ever since.
Today, with more than 300,000 members, CWF is Canada's largest
conservation organization with activities, research and projects having
taken place in virtually every community in Canada.
About the Canadian Wildlife Federation:
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a national non-profit charitable
organization dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world
and a lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat. By spreading
knowledge of human impacts on the environment, developing and
delivering educational programs, sponsoring research, promoting the
sustainable use of natural resources, recommending policy changes and
co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in
which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. For more information,
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