A Greener Place
Druid Hills could become a National Wildlife Federation [NWF] Community Habitat if we neighbors join together to certify private property and open space as wildlife conservation areas. The Druid Hills Civic Association recently formed a committee to promote the goal of certification. Residents with an interest in wildlife and conservation should contact board member Anne Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org. The committee seeks at least six people to serve as project team leaders.
To support the NWF application, approximately 100 individual yards will need to be certified as wildlife habitats. There are four essential elements for certification:
- Food – foliage, nectar, pollen, berries, seeds, nuts & bird feeders
- Water – bird baths, ponds, water features, streams
- Cover – trees or shrubs that provide a sheltered habitat for wildlife
- Places to raise young – brush & thickets where nests are safe
There is no downside to having your yard certified: no restrictions on what you may grow or do with your property and no change in historic status. You may continue to use lawn services and chemical treatments on your property, although reduced use of pesticides and herbicides is encouraged.
Certification requires that 100 homes, three common areas, and two schools meet these four criteria. With 35 homes, one common area, and five schools already designated NWF areas within zip code 30307, Druid Hills is off to a good start.