After thirty years of
planning on only one acre of ground we are priviledged this year, 2004, to
receive an award from the National Wildlife Federation for our efforts.
The award is in recognition
for encouraging the protecting of wildlife in a space where the quality of
life has been improved for the community. Promoting better air quality,
soil and water is but one goal. Efforts have been made to promote
common-sense conservation by reducing and eliminating the need for
fertilizers, pesticides or irigation water.
The purpose for this is to
provide a sourse of solace, confot and confidence in the future.
Protecting the natural beauty of places we love and the wildlife they
support is at the heart of America's conservation ethic, and connecting
with nature in our backyard can feed our soul, lift the spirit, mend the
hart and renew faith in our country's tomorrow. Backyard Wildlife Habitat
sites provide for the wildlife in our communities, but at the same time
they offer a human refuge too, providing the strength and hope we need to
face an uncertain future.
"While most people
recognize the importance of protecting the environment, few understand how
just one person can make a differance. There is much each of us can do for
the environment as we care for our piece of the Earth. Building a habitat
is one example of how a single person or family can do something that can
have a long-term positive impact." Craig Tufts, naturalist, explains.