NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The site of a controversial former dump in Nashville has been transformed into a wildlife habitat.

The Tennessean reports Mayor Karl Dean and others recently celebrated the Wildlife Habitat Council's certification for the 190-acre site in northwest Nashville.

Once known for tons of trash, the area is now known for prairie coneflowers, wood thrushes, Canada geese and whitetail deer.

Public works official Veronica Frazier says there are 35 species of animal in the area and 16 species of native plants.

She says officials plan to use the area for education.