Monday, July 30, 2012

Another reason not to live in Little Rock: LR is not yet certified by National Wildlife Federation as an urban wildlife community

Please click on Ryan Denham's photo from Little Rock to ENLARGE.

Well apparently the City of Little Rock doesn't care about Certified Wildlife Habitats because my roommate and I were awoken this morning to find a brush hog tractor and six man crew with weedeaters cutting the whole thing down. We scrambled to save some tomatoes and squash. My roomate David, who is an architecture graduate and designer of many projects in Little Rock has been battling the city about this for some time. But it looks like they won today. Our wildlife habitat, which was certified with a sign from the National Wildlife Federation, had many plants that produced vegetables, multiple birdfeeders, provided shelter for animals like rabbits and more. You could look out at it in the day time and see hundreds of dragon flies, and dozens of birds where in other parts of our ghetto neighborhood you would see nothing. To become a certified wildlife habitat you must prove that the property provides four basic elements needed for wildlife to thrive: food, water, cover and places to raise young. It also acted as a buffer to purify or filter the air since we are adjacent to 1-30. Now it's just another ugly manicured lot. By: Ryan Denham

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