Haycock Township, PA Becomes a Certified Community Wildlife Habitat by Roxanne Paul

Published in “Wildlife Promise”; a NWF blog link http://blog.nwf.org/2012/11/haycock-township-pa-becomes-a-certified-community-wildlife-habitat/

Haycock Township celebrates their certification
Congratulations to Haycock Township, Pennsylvania for becoming the 63rd Certified Community Wildlife Habitat in the nation and the third community in Pennsylvania to achieve this honor. Haycock Township is a rural township of just over 2,000 people located about 45 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Nearly 50% of the land in the township is preserved as state game lands, local parks or beautiful Nockamixon State Park.

A concerned group of citizens decided to form a Community Wildlife Habitat team and fulfill the requirements for the township’s certification. They gave presentations to organizations, set up tables at the Fire House’s Sunday breakfasts and created a blog where residents could get more information. In all, 64 homes, 2 schools, the historical society building, a park and 10 farms became NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat sites.

On a lovely day in October, the community came together to celebrate the certification at the Township Building. I was privileged to represent NWF and present the certificate to three of the township supervisors. I also recognized Dr. Julie Fagan and her team of volunteers.

Congratulations, Haycock Township! You are a great example of a rural community coming together to protect wildlife.

To learn more about Community Wildlife Habitats or to certify your own yard as a wildlife habitat, visit our Gardening for Wildlife page.

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