Help DCEN Grow the Movement!
With all the work the DC Environmental Network (DCEN) engages in to green our city, what is not often seen is the help and assistance DCEN gives to individual organizations like City Wildlife.
In just the last sixteen months the DC Environmental Network has been a strong partner in helping City Wildlife reach out to the broader Washington DC environmental community to tell their story and share the belief that people and wildlife can co-exist together in urban settings.
- CALLED NETWORK TO ACTION ON WILDLIFE: DCEN coordinated a forum featuring District of Columbia Councilmember Mary Cheh, Dr. John Hadidian of the Humane Society of the United States and Anne Lewis of City Wildlife to engage, and call to action, the broader green community on the importance of protecting urban wildlife. This gathering gave City Wildlife an opportunity to talk about their work and vision for DC.
- ENGAGED DECISION MAKERS: DCEN utilized its connections and experience working with the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) to help City Wildlife and other advocates address potential harmful impacts to wildlife that the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, near Kenilworth Park, might create. As the planning process was in the later stages, DCEN quickly coordinated two meetings with representatives of DDOE and the National Park Service to address some concerns and increase public and governmental oversight.
- PROMOTED CITY WILDLIFE: DCEN has continued to publicize the work and activities of City Wildlife to the broader community. In September, DCEN participated in and helped turn out wildlife enthusiasts to their highly successful Wildlife911 introductory course that focused on the principles of wildlife rehabilitation in the region.
DCEN is also concurrently working on efforts that directly impact the wildlife that we all care about. Our engagement to establish protections for wetlands, advocacy campaigns on behalf of clean rivers and efforts to establish an adaptation plan to help wildlife (and DC residents) deal with the impacts of global warming, are all complimentary initiatives that will help all of us.
DCEN is about building and growing our environmental community in the District and region. I see this in our strong support for groups like City Wildlife and I also see this in our support for the many other groups and individuals in the District of Columbia that are doing what they can to save our planet.
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