2007-09-05 / News

Local couple earns wildlife certification

By Elizabeth Billips Associate Editor

Burke County residents James R. and Jennifer Morris got a big thank you from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) after turning their property on Hancock Landing Road into a certified wildlife habitat.

According to a press release, their certification put the NWF one step closer to their goal of 100,000 sites by the end of 2007.

NWF spokesperson Roxanne Paul says there are four basic requirements for certification: providing native wildlife with food, water, cover and a place to raise their young.

She said the Morris' went even further and created two wildlife friendly spots - a rain garden and a butterfly puddling area.

They also put in nesting boxes and host plants for caterpillars, she said.

NWF requires that certified property owners follow at least two sustainable gardening practices, which the Morris family covered with mulching, composting and the use of organic fertilizers and pesticides.

For more information on NWF certification, go to www.nwf/gardenforwildlife or call 1(800)822-9919.

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