The city of Milton was recently designated as a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Community Wildlife Habitat.
The city received the dedication on Aug. 27, after 15 months of hard work by the community, the city said in a press release.
Milton is just the 72nd community in the country to earn the honor and just fourth in the state, said Environmental Sustainability Coordinator Cindy Eade, who led the effort with the help of the Milton Community Wildlife Habitat Project Committee, city staff and community volunteers.
To celebrate the achievement, Milton will host a certification ceremony at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at Friendship Community Park, 12785 Birmingham Highway.
The event is open to the public and will begin with a tour of Crabapple Crossing Elementary NWF schoolyard habitat, followed by a program at 6:30 in the park. Parking is available at the school.
"This was a tremendous effort involving numerous residents, business leaders and school officials," Eade said. "But a large share of the credit goes to our many fantastic volunteers - especially to Will Check for getting the project started and Girl Scout Sarah Ellison for seeing us through to the end."
The Community Wildlife Habitat project created multiple habitat areas in backyards, school yards, corporate properties, community gardens, parkland and other spaces, said Eade. Its ultimate goal is creating community where people and wildlife can flourish.
For more information, contact Eade at (678) 242-2509 or email@example.com.