The City of West Hollywood has created two new Certified Wildlife Habitats through the Garden for Wildlife program of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). The habitats are located at Formosa Park, 1140 N. Formosa Avenue, and Havenhurst Park, 1351 Havenhurst Drive.
The Garden for Wildlife program recognizes local efforts to create and sustain gardens that serve as havens for local birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. The goal of Certified Wildlife Habitats is to help support the health and reproduction of local mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates including insect populations such as bees, which are important pollinators in the ecosystem.
“This is one of my favorite initiatives and I’m proud that our City has created two new Certified Wildlife Habitats through the Garden for Wildlife program of the National Wildlife Federation,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore Lauren Meister. “Not only will this help the City of West Hollywood meet its goals to become healthier, greener, and more wildlife-friendly. Every habitat garden is a step toward replenishing resources for wildlife, such as bees, butterflies, and birds. Climate change is real, and each thing we do to help our urban wildlife helps in the fight against climate change.”
“Supporting and welcoming back native plants and animals to our City is part of our larger sustainability efforts,” said City of West Hollywood Councilmember John D’Amico. “And we encourage everyone with a garden of any size to certify their garden as a Community Wildlife Habitat with NWF.”
Backyards, urban gardens, container gardens, school grounds, businesses, places of worship, campuses, parks, farms, zoos, and community landscapes can all be recognized as Certified Wildlife Habitats through NWF. For nearly half a century, the NWF has engaged in wildlife conservation and education across the country. It has also recognized more than 227,000 Certified Wildlife Habitats which cover more than 2.5 million acres.
For more information about participating in NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitats Program, please visit www.nwf.org/garden-for-wildlife. For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s certification of Formosa Park and Havenhurst Park, including details about plant species and elements that support local habitats, visit www.weho.org/habitat.