Susan Rooney, Karen Guigno, and Cathy Pompei
Photo by Katherine Kosiba
Since October 2008, Colchester has been pursuing the Community Wildlife Habitat Certification from the National Wildlife Federation. Volunteers and local supporting partner organizations; the Colchester Garden Club, Colchester Land Trust, and the Colchester Business Association have teamed up to organize educational activities, outdoor hikes and events, community projects, and a campaign encouraging residents and organizations to certify their properties as individual wildlife habitats through the NWF.
Katherine Kosiba, the Co-chair of the group behind this effort, recently shared, "We are nearing our goal of Colchester becoming Connecticut's first Community Wildlife Habitat". This is great news for those who live here and who have worked so hard to get this far!
For those unfamiliar with Colchester, it is a growing community that takes pride in its natural and quite attractive surroundings as well as its active and caring citizens. Colchester has several gems of nature in its crown including the Salmon River and State Forest, the Airline Trail, and the Cohen Woodlands. These areas have been a source of inspiration and passion for many like Stan Malcolm who has taken award winning photographs along the Airline Trail. In the areas that have seen residential and commercial development, residents often use native plants in their landscaping which is better for the ecosystem.
This certification is an acknowledgment of what gives this town its reputation for being a great place to live and work. It has taken a great deal of time and energy from those involved; those who visit will see why this certification is sure to be awarded.
If you want to take part in the effort to certify Colchester as Connecticut's first NWF Community Wildlife Habitat, please send an email here or register your property here. If you are are interested in certifying your own town, check out the information on NWF's website and get involved, there's nothing to lose and everything to gain.