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Black-eyed susans, blanket flowers and
cardinal flowers
black-eyed susans, blanket flowers and cardinal flowers

Slow the Flow Connects Community to Natural Resource Protection

"I am doing it for my children" says Katie Hones about her reasons for wanting to participate in the Slow the Flow Project, a program that transforms neighborhood yards into sustainable and environmentally friendly landscapes. In one year's time, Hones took her yard from being filled with mulch and plastic to becoming a certified wildlife habitat and a monarch waystation as designated by the National Wildlife Federation.

This magical and educational transformation for Hones' yard and family was in part due to a grant she received from her neighbors at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Nancy Pau, a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who works at the refuge, developed the idea to give grants to local homeowners to help improve land and water quality in their neighborhoods, which subsequently benefits the wildlife and habitats at the refuge. The successful project is the result of a true partnership between the community and the refuge.

Hone created a short blog about her experience, which includes before and after photos, and a student intern at the refuge produced a short video highlighting the program and its success.


Last updated: November 16, 2012
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