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Posted on: February 21, 2019

Learn how to create a Certified Wildlife Habitat at Farragut’s Wonderful Wildlife Kickoff

The Town of Farragut has recently registered as a Community Wildlife Habitat™ with the National Wildlife Federation. In conjunction with this, the Town is partnering with the Water Quality Forum, a local nonprofit, to ask citizens, businesses, and organizations to certify their outdoor spaces as Certified Wildlife Habitats. By providing food, water, cover, and a place for wildlife to raise their young in a healthy habitat, participants not only help wildlife, but also qualify to become an official Certified Wildlife Habitat, joining an active community of gardeners across the country. Through this program, over 200 communities nationwide are enhancing and restoring wildlife habitat to promote community resiliency, urban forestry, water conservation, water quality and beautification.

The Town of Farragut is asking homeowners, businesses, and local organizations like faith communities, schools, and HOAs, to commit to easy actions to support wildlife like birds, butterflies, bees and bats. The actions are simple, like putting up a bird feeder, installing a bat house, and planting native vegetation. Property owners who sign up for this certification help demonstrate that Farragut is a community that supports a healthy environment for our citizens and wildlife. At the same time, participants should enjoy benefits on their own property, from reduced plant maintenance to mosquito control.

The Town of Farragut will host a Wonderful Wildlife Kickoff Celebration and Tree/shrub Giveaway at Farragut Town Hall on Saturday, March 9 from 9-11 a.m. Experts from the Town of Farragut Stormwater program, Water Quality Forum, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Wildlife Habitats of South Woodlawn will be on site to answer questions about the program, water quality, and wildlife. Free bare root tree and shrub seedlings can be reserved ahead of time and picked up on the day of the event. Door prizes will also be given away so please swing by and learn about this new program that will benefit the entire community one garden at a time.

For more information about the Wonderful Wildlife program, visit townoffarragut.org/wildlife. For more information on the event, including how to reserve trees and shrubs, visit townoffarragut.org/WildlifeKickoff.

Incorporated in 1980, the Town of Farragut has top schools, safe neighborhoods and high development standards, making it one of the best places to live in the Southeast.

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