The mission of the Sammamish Community Wildlife Habitat group is to make our community healthier for our local residents and wildlife. The group educates Sammamish residents about such sustainable gardening practices as reducing or eliminating chemical fertilizers and pesticides, conserving water, planting native plants, removing invasive plants and composting.
By doing these simple tasks in your own backyard, you can certify it with the National Wildlife Federation as a wildlife habitat. After working in your own backyard, you may want to join our group in the community events we hold, such as stream or trail clean-ups, native plant salvages, and educational seminars and workshops.
See the sites in Sammamish that are certified wildlife habitats:
Sammamish Certified Habitats Map (PDF, 11mb)
Special Project – Stormwater
The Sammamish Wildlife Habitat group is leading a group of concerned citizens and community leaders to steward the stormwater system in Sammamish. The goals of this group are to:
- Plant native species around stormwater facilities, where appropriate an allowable
- Work towards a city-wide pollinator pathway
- Educate citizens about stormwater and about the critical need to maintain stormwater systems
- Encourage policy makers to prioritize proper development and maintenance of stormwater systems
- Train and support a volunteer core to help maintain stormwater systems and facilities
Learn more about stormwater, including how you are a critical part of this important system on our Stormwater Stewards page.
Your Vision, Our Mission
The concept of a community wildlife habitat dovetails with the City of Sammamish vision statement, excerpted below:
(From the proposed comp plan, page 11:) The city of Sammamish has prioritized sustainability and health as an overriding goal for the Comprehensive Plan.
- HS.1 Create and protect healthy habitat
- HS.2 Maintain a diverse ecosystem supporting a variety of wildlife
- HS.3 Maintain Sammamish’s forested character
- HS.5 Conserve water and protect water quality
- HS.8 Foster healthy neighborhoods and promote a citywide culture of environmental and human health.
From page 14:
The plan incorporates a systems approach to planning and decision-making that addresses protection of the natural environment. The plan commits to maintaining and restoring ecosystems, through steps to conserve key habitats, and to maintain and protect surface and groundwater resources . . .