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Gardening in America
National Wildlife Federation Award

by Nancy Fletcher

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.

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