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.
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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.