WICHITA, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Six Koch companies’ sites have achieved recertification from Wildlife
Habitat Council for their ongoing contributions to environmental
education and wildlife habitat stewardship. The certification is
part of WHC’s
international accreditation program in which companies create and
maintain wildlife habitat areas on corporate land and provide
environmental education opportunities to their communities.
“Our long-standing relationship with Wildlife Habitat Council has helped
us build model programs that we believe are advancing habitat
stewardship and environmental education,” said Jim Mahoney, executive
vice president of operations excellence and compliance for Koch
Industries, Inc. “We appreciate this honor and look forward to continued
success in these areas.”
Koch Industries’ subsidiaries Flint Hills Resources, Georgia-Pacific and
INVISTA were recognized at Wildlife Habitat Council’s annual symposium
Nov. 13-14 in Baltimore.
Hills Resources’ Wildlife Learning Preserve in Corpus Christi,
Texas, was recertified as a Corporate Lands for Learning site. The
preserve consists of 120 acres and serves as a wetlands education center
for students and volunteers from the Texas State Aquarium’s SeaCamp
program. The site originally received certification in 2007.
Flint Hills Resources’ Joliet, Ill., site achieved Corporate Lands for
Learning recertification for its annual Prairie Day event, where
employees and local educators help kids explore nature through hands-on
activities. The event is held at an outdoor classroom on 10 acres of
native trees and wildlife populations at FHR’s site. It first received
certification in 2004.
Georgia-Pacific in Big Island, Va., earned Wildlife at Work
recertification. Twenty-five employees are involved in projects underway
at the site’s 941-acre wildlife habitat area, including a 20-year
commitment with The American Chestnut Foundation® to restore this
native species to the area. The site first achieved certification in
Leaf River Cellulose facility in New Augusta, Miss., achieved
Corporate Lands for Learning recertification for its Discovery Day
environmental education program. Elementary school students explore the
ecology of the Leaf River firsthand using basic scientific
investigations. About 2,000 students in grades 4-6 have participated in
the program since it was first certified in 2007.
Savannah River Mill was recertified as a Wildlife at Work site.
Employees work with wildlife experts to enhance the 150-acre habitat
area at the mill site, including managing forest stands to benefit
gopher tortoises and replanting native tree species. The site, located
in Rincon, Ga., has been certified since 2008.
INVISTA’s Waynesboro, Va., site achieved recertification for its
wildlife habitat area, which includes monitoring stations for eastern
bluebirds. As part of the certification, the INVISTA team — comprised of
more than 14 employees and community volunteers — must build upon the
monitoring program each year. The site has been certified for 23 years.
Other Koch companies with Wildlife Habitat Council certified sites are
Flint Hills Resources in Rosemount, Minn.; Georgia-Pacific in
Monticello, Miss. and Savannah, Ga.; INVISTA in Camden, S.C. and
Victoria, Texas; and Matador Cattle Company’s Beaverhead Ranch in
About Koch Industries, Inc.
Based in Wichita, Kan., Koch Industries, Inc. is one of the largest
private companies in America with annual revenues of about $ 115 billion.
It owns a diverse group of companies involved in refining, chemicals and
biofuels; forest and consumer products; fertilizers; polymers and
fibers; process and pollution control equipment and technologies;
minerals; commodity trading and services; ranching; glass; and
investments. Since 2003, Koch companies have invested about $ 60 billion
in acquisitions and other capital expenditures. With a presence in
nearly 60 countries, Koch companies employ about 60,000 people
worldwide. In 2012, Koch companies employed more than 47,000 people
in the United States and paid compensation and benefits totaling more
than $ 4 billion. From January 2009 to present, Koch companies earned
about 770 awards for safety, environmental excellence, community
stewardship, innovation, and customer service. www.kochind.com
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About Flint Hills Resources
Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific
LLC and its subsidiaries are among the world’s leading
manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging,
paper, cellulose and related chemicals. www.gp.com
is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of
chemical intermediates, polymers and fibers. The company’s advantaged
technologies for nylon, spandex and polyester are used to produce
clothing, carpet, car parts and countless other everyday products. www.INVISTA.com