As a city that actively supports nature, Milton is making an effort to become certified with the National Wildlife Federation.
The goal of the committee in charge of this effort is to have the requirements for certification completed by July 1. Certification includes having an array of individual properties — including homes, schools and parks — to be registered and certified through the National Wildlife Federation.
“Most of Milton’s schools’ properties have been certified as NWF habitats and we are working to promote education in the schools about organic gardening, planting trees, water conservation, composting etc.,” said committee member Lynna Lee, who is also an active school volunteer.
At this point the city needs 60 additional homes within city limits to certify their properties as wildlife friendly. The certification is a simple online process on the web at bit.ly/SzbdU9.
To help educate the homeowners in the city, the Milton Community Wildlife Habitat Project Committee will be hosting several workshops to learn about nature-related topics such as attracting wildlife and setting up an organic garden.
The first workshop will be Jan. 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the city council chambers at 13000 Deerfield Parkway. Joe Lamp’l, Milton resident and author of “Growing a Greener World” will be presenting.
Two more workshops will be held in March featuring National Park Service Ranger and Naturalist, Jerry Hightower.
Additionally, Eagle Scout candidate Matt D’amico from Troop 3000 is working with Marcia O’Shaughnessy of North Fulton Master Gardeners to establish a National Wildlife Federation demonstration garden to educate citizens about attracting pollinators in their gardens.
“We are not receiving funding from the city for this project so the committee is running a shoe recycling program, with ShoeBox Recycling to collect old, reusable shoes which the NWF committee receives money for,” says Cindy Eade, sustainability coordinator and staff supporter of the project. “The community may drop off shoes – in wearable condition, no flip flops or winter boots – to City Hall, 13000 Deerfield Parkway entrance ‘F’ or email wildlifehabitatproject@city ofmiltonga.us for a collection box or for more information.”