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NWF Wildlife Habitat Program Brian Blackmon
Sustainability Project Manager
Room 503, City County Building
Phone: 865-215-2065
Fax: 865-215-3035

Knoxville has decided to seek certification as a Community Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation to emphasize its natural beauty.  

In 2013, the South Woodlawn neighborhood in South Knoxville became the first community in the state of Tennessee to complete the certification process.  Due in part to the great work South Woodlawn engaged in, Knoxville had very little trouble getting the required numbers to register for certification.
The AmeriCorps NWF Community Wildlife Habitat Certification Squad
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Community Wildlife Habitat program was founded in 1997 to create and certify wildlife-friendly landscapes within larger community settings.  Communities of all sizes can apply, and to date, there are more than 90 certified Community Wildlife Habitats, with Knoxville being the only city in Tennessee.  

A Community Wildlife Habitat provides homes for wildlife throughout the area while educating residents about sustainable wildlife gardening practices.  To become certified, a community must reach a certain number of certified homes, schools, and common areas.  After that, a community must earn education and outreach goals through a checklist that includes native plant education, community events, and workshops.

All certified habitats require the five things necessary for wildlife to thrive in your garden or community:  food, water, cover, a place to raise young, and sustainable gardening practices. The green areas in the map of Knoxville below show all the areas that have been certified so far.

Visit the NWF website to find out more about how to certify your home or place of work.

The green areas in this map of Knoxville represent places that have been certified as NWF wildlife habitats.

View Knoxville Wildlife Certification Density Map in PDF format.