Pam Wright’s yard is an oasis from the urban landscape that surrounds it. Her yard is a sanctuary not only for herself and her family, but for native wildlife. The advanced master gardener is on a mission to get her neighbors to follow her example and have Willimantic certified as only the second community wildlife habitat in the state.
“It’s all about balance and creating habitats for the native species,” Wright said.
The National Wildlife Federation, the country’s largest conservation organization, has certified wildlife habitats for 34 years. More than 140,000 people have had their properties certified, but only 53 communities have been certified nationwide. In Connecticut, only Colchester has been certified. Willimantic is the only community in the state registered for certification.
Wright has reached out to the group in Colchester that worked for the certification and has the Windham Garden Club and Windham Region Chamber of Commerce working by her side to qualify for certification.
“This project is a key part of our beautification and revitalization program,” said Diane Nadeau, director of marketing for the Chamber of Commerce.