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National Wildlife Federation Community Wildlife Habitat Project
"The Reverend Willis Black Community Wildlife Habitat Project" is the firstregistered community wildlife habitat project in the state of Wyoming through the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). The area encompassed in this project is the majority of The West Edge District in Cheyenne, Wy. Nancy is the Project Leader for this multi-year project. The ultimate goal is for The West Edge District to become a NWF Certified Community Wildlife Habitat. To reach this goal a certain number of homes, schools and common areas within the project area must become National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitats. In order for a property to become certified it must provide the four basic elements that all wildlife need; food, water, cover and places to raise their young. Certified Habitats must also practice sustainable gardening techniques such as reducing water usage and pesticides. Registered communities must also earn education and outreach points. You can learn more about this project by visiting Antiques Central LLC’s brick and mortar store and you can follow our progress on Facebook & Pinterest.
During the summer months many of the shop visitors enjoy spending time in the store's gardens. Starting in 2008 we began to modify the landscaping around the building to help reduce flooding in the building’s basement and to infiltrate as much stormwater run-off onsite as we could. Two Rain Gardens were created to utilize roof water run-off as a water resource. These gardens are planted with a wide assortment of perennial plants & shrubs that bloom prolifically throughout the summer. Over time the rain gardens have become more than a flood preventing/pollution controlling device, they have also become a place where our customers and neighbors can sit down, take a load off, daydream, chat with friends or harvest hollyhock seeds. The slide-show above shows the evolution of the rain-garden area. In 2014 the gardens were included in the Laramie County Master Gardeners Garden Walk. About an hour into the walk a horrific hail storm destroyed the gardens. Photo #11 shows a mound of hail covering one of the smaller gardens. Since that hail storm there have been a few other extreme weather events which have resulted in loss of plants and shrubs within the gardens. This summer we will rework the gardens replacing lost plants. In Feb. 2017 the gardens became a Certified Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation.