Sammamish Community Wildlife Habitat

Who We Are

NWF smallThe initial goal of the Sammamish Community Wildlife Habitat Project when it was formed in November, 2008 was to help Sammamish become a certified Community Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation. We earned our certification 3/4/2011 and were the 12th in WA state and the 51st in the country. Currently there are 15 certified communities in WA and 83 in the country.

At the time of certification, our community had certified the following areas as wildlife habitats:

  • 160 residences
  • 4 farms
  • 1 church
  • 8¬†schools
  • 8 City Parks
  • and the Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer District Office and 4 well sites

Currently, we have:

  • 218 residences
  • 1 HOA greenbelt
  • 4 farms
  • 1 church
  • 9¬†schools
  • 10 City Parks
  • 5 Sammamish Plateau Water District sites

A Community Wildlife Habitat is a community that provides habitat for wildlife throughout the community – in individual backyards, on school grounds and in public areas such as parks, places of worship and businesses – creating a place where residents, flora and fauna can all flourish.

It is a community where the residents make it a priority to provide habitat for wildlife by providing the four basic elements that all wildlife need: food, water, cover and places to raise young.

Now that we are a certified community our on-going goals are to focus on continuing educating Sammamish residents about sustainable garden practices (such as reducing or eliminating chemical fertilizers and pesticides, conserving water, planting native plants, removing invasive plants and composting), and holding community events (such as stream or trail clean-ups, and native plant salvages) and educational programs- all to make our community healthier for our local residents and wildlife.

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Photo credit: (c) Kate Poaster, “Baby Robins” & “Bald Eagle”

Revised 6/3/15