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(News) Zionsville certified as community wildlife habitat

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Tomorrow morning, the town of Zionsville will honored as the nation's second Certified Community Wildlife Habitat.

The Indiana Wildlife Federation (IWF), Habitat C.P.R and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) are coming together to recognize Zionsville as a National Wildlife Federation Certified Community Wildlife Habitat for providing food, water, cover, and places for wildlife to raise young on their property and throughout a majority of their community.

Zionsville became Indiana's first and the country's second Community Wildlife Habitat on September 23rd after passing a rigorous certification process that involves a point system through which a community must accrue a certain number of individual habitat certifications - Zionsville needed to have 75 homes, 2 common areas, and 2 schools certified - organize educational and community projects, and conduct administrative work. NWF requires communities to continue educational and outreach efforts to maintain their certified statuses.

There are currently 195 certified wildlife-friendly areas in Zionsville, which include Zionsville Middle School and the Zionsville Parks Department; Stonegate Elementary School will complete their Schoolyard Habitat this fall with help from IWF.

IWF helped create a large road sign that will recognize Zionsville for its accomplishment. Anyone interested, but especially those conservationists involved with the long certification process, is invited to attend the presentation ceremony tomorrow morning beginning at 9 a.m. at the Zionsville Town Hall.

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