Johnson City’s Jacob’s Nature Park gains national recognition

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A local park is gaining national recognition as a place for wildlife.
The National Wildlife Federation recognized Jacob’s Nature Park in Johnson City as a certified wildlife habitat. The park is located off King Springs Road near Sinking Creek.

The certification places the site among a prestigious group NFW members across the country committed to protecting wildlife.
“Staff and volunteers have done extensive work planting native species and removing invasive species,” said Parks and Recreation Nature Program Coordinator Connie Deegan. “You will find many plants here that you will not find elsewhere. Plantings were done with pollinator value in mind.”
The park was awarded the certification for breating a garden that improves habitat for birds, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife by providing essential elements. This includes natural food sources, clean water, cover, and places to raise offspring.
Johnson City’s new Certified Wildlife Habitat garden is now also part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a national effort to create a million gardens that provide habitat for declining pollinator insects, such as butterflies and bees.
To learn more about Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek, go to

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