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Charlotte named to Top 10 list of America’s most wildlife-friendly cities

(07.02.10) Ants attend aphids on a Muscadine vine in a northeast Charlotte backyard.
(07.02.10) Ants attend aphids on a Muscadine vine in a northeast Charlotte backyard. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

The National Wildlife Federation has named Charlotte to its Top 10 list of the most wildlife-friendly cities in America.

The federation cited Charlotte’s No. 3 ranking in certified wildlife habitats, with 849, and the city’s recent certification as a Community Wildlife Habitat.

“Known as North Carolina’s City of Trees, Charlotte’s City Council has made it a mission to have 50 percent canopy coverage by 2050,” the federation added.

The federation ranked America’s largest cities on three criteria: percentage of parkland, community action to create wildlife habitat and school adoption of outdoor learning in wildlife gardens.

Austin, Texas, ranked first, followed by Portland, Ore., and Atlanta.

Charlotte placed ninth, just ahead of New York City.

The federation announced the top cities during National Wildlife Week, its longest-running education program.

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