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Annapolis to Become the Chesapeake Bay’s First Community Wildlife Habitat

First Lady Katie O’Malley to join NWF in Kick-off event

Annapolis, Md. (November 3, 2011) — The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) will host “Working Each Day to Save the Bay” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on November 7, at the Boatyard Bar & Grill in Annapolis. First Lady Judge Katie O’Malley will kick-off the campaign to certify Annapolis as a Community Wildlife Habitat.

“Our Bay is one of our State’s most precious natural treasures,” said First Lady Katie O’Malley. “Martin and I have a garden at home, and we use it to demonstrate what each of us can do to improve our health and protect our environment by growing fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs. I am very proud of our communities, schools and businesses for coming together to encourage environmental stewardship and realizing the importance of saving our Bay.”

A NWF Community Wildlife Habitat is a region that provides habitat for wildlife and practices sustainable gardening ─ in individual backyards, on school grounds and in public areas such as parks, community gardens, places of worship and businesses. The objective of NWF’s Community Habitat program is to create partnerships and help the City of Annapolis raise citizen awareness about watershed challenges and issues, and build ownership of local waterways─ with the ultimate goal of engaging more individuals and organizations in stewardship practices.

The Government House garden now houses a bee hive for honey, a water fountain to attract birds and bees, three water barrels, a natural setting of trees, brush and shrubs to provide shelter for animals and insects, a food garden, and natural landscape to reduce water usage and maintenance costs.

“The National Wildlife Federation is excited to be partnering with the City of Annapolis to become a Certified Wildlife Habitat Community,” said Tony Caligiuri, Regional Executive Director of NWF’s Chesapeake Mid-Atlantic Regional Center. “By pursuing this program, the City of Annapolis continues its commitment to the environment by encouraging resource protection, as well as raising awareness of community and residential land-use impacts on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.”

The public is invited to attend; please RSVP to NeumannR@nwf.org or 443-927-8046.

For more information on the event, visit nwf.org/~/media/PDFs/Regional/Chesapeake/Nov7invitation.ashx.


   November 3, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office | 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly a half-million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR strives to make ALL of its facilities, programs and activities ADA accessible to all of its visitors, especially those with any disabilities. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov.