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National Wildlife Federation Certifies Stark HabitatPosted Sep. 14, 2011
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) recently announced that the pond/wetland area, located on the property of Kent State University at Stark in Jackson Township, is now recognized as an official Certified Wildlife Habitat™ site.
NWF began the Certified Wildlife Habitat Program in 1973, and has since certified nearly 150,000 habitats nationwide. The organization teaches the importance of environmental stewardship by providing guidelines for making landscapes more hospitable to wildlife. In order to become certified, a property must provide the four basic elements that all wildlife need: food, water, cover and places to raise young. In addition to providing for wildlife, certified habitats conserve our natural resources by reducing or eliminating the need for fertilizers, pesticides and/or irrigation water, which ultimately protects the air, soil and water throughout our communities.
Kent State Stark’s pond/wetland area serves as an academic research site for students in various science courses, as well as a focal point for the community and campus events. The pond, which is approximately 2.25 acres, is surrounded by a third-mile walking track and features illustrated, scaled geologic and planetary exhibits. The plants around the wetland are indigenous to Ohio and the pond is home to various wildlife, such as fish, turtles and birds.
Jerome Ringo, former chairman of the National Wildlife Federation, toured the pond area while on campus to deliver a lecture as part of the 2010-11 Featured Speakers Series. “Kent State University at Stark’s outdoor habitat is a clear example of the institution’s commitment to the preservation of nature and its conservation ethics.With the global challenge of ensuring environmental sustainability, the campus has taken steps that connect people with nature and, like the National Wildlife Federation, recognizes that the future is in the balance,” says Ringo.
The newly certified wildlife habitat at Kent State Stark supports NWF’s mission to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future.
Learn more about Kent State Stark's pond/wetland area.