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Poolesville, MD (April 5, 2019) – Leading a nationwide trend in community concern for habitat loss, the Town of Poolesville, Maryland, has been officially designated an NWF Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). The town is the 120th community in the country and the 8th community in Maryland to receive this honor. NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitat program has been helping people take personal action on behalf of wildlife for more than 40 years. The program engages homeowners, businesses, schools, places of worship, and other institutions that want to make their communities wildlife-friendly by creating multiple habitat areas in backyards, schoolyards, corporate properties, community gardens, parkland and other spaces.
NWF commends the dedicated residents of Poolesville and the Sustainable Poolesville team for their wildlife conservation efforts and for coming together for a common purpose - to create a community where people and wildlife can flourish. At a time when communities are faced with the problems of losing habitat to development, Poolesville stands out as a model for other communities to emulate. The knowledge and inspiration that this project has generated will lead Poolesville residents and visitors to take better care of their natural world.
The Sustainable Poolesville Community Wildlife Habitat Project is part of Poolesville’s continuing efforts at sustainability, and is managed by volunteers with the Sustainable Poolesville Green Team. The mission of the Green Team is to create awareness of stewardship and sustainability issues, identify opportunities for the Town to cost effectively reduce its environmental impact and facilitate initiatives to capture these opportunities. Poolesville became a certified sustainable community in 2014 under the Sustainable Maryland program.
Located in the northwestern portion of Montgomery County, Maryland, approximately 5 miles from the Potomac River, Poolesville is surrounded by the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve, an area of 93,000 acres created to preserve farmland and rural space. The town was settled in 1760 when brothers John Poole, Sr. and Joseph Poole, Sr. purchased 160 acres in the area that is now the town of Poolesville. The town was incorporated in 1867. During the Civil War, the first aerial balloon operations took place in 1861not far from Poolesville at Edwards Ferry, a major river crossing for both armies during the conflict. During the winter of 1861-1862, it is estimated that 20,000 Union troops were stationed in or around Poolesville. The only operating car ferry on the Potomac River, the General Jubal A. Early, is located at Whites Ferry, a short distance from Poolesville, where it has been transporting vehicles and passengers across the river since the late 1860s.