Submitted by The Chemours Company
The Chemours Company’s Johnsonville Site demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship by achieving Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) Conservation Certification for its Species Management and Habitat programs. The site’s programs will be recognized at the 2022 WHC Conservation Conference on June 14 to 15 in Detroit, Michigan. Members of the Johnsonville WHC Team include Marty Allison, Michael Bull, Daniel Copper, Joe Ted Lynch, Gregg Martin, and Bob Vargas.
“The Wildlife Habitat Council certification program has given us the ability to show our commitment to supporting both the forest and wildlife found on the Johnsonville site,” said Chemours Johnsonville Environmental Health and Safety Manager Marty Allison. “These programs are something we all enjoy being a part of and we take pride in being able to provide for the local wildlife and take care of our natural resources.”
Two projects are being utilized for the program, the first being Species Management which focuses on avian monitoring including bird conservation and improved stewardship of bird habitats for ospreys and bluebirds. Currently, the site is maintaining and monitoring 20 bluebird and two osprey nests weekly. This project was put in place several years ago by the original site Wildlife Habitat Committee. Some of the original bluebird boxes are still being used, and both osprey platforms are still in place and active.
The second project, Habitat, includes forest management as a wildlife conservation effort. In forest management, trees are harvested for a variety of reasons that benefit the overall health of the forest. Chemours Johnsonville’s hardwood forest had not been managed since 1958, so several harvest methods were selected to address concerns with tree health, future forest succession planning, and the current and future wildlife habitat.
“The Chemours Johnsonville site is recognized as meeting the strict requirements of WHC Conservation Certification,” said WHC President Margaret O’Gorman. “Companies achieving WHC Conservation Certification, like Chemours Johnsonville, are environmental leaders, voluntarily managing their lands to support sustainable ecosystems and the communities that surround them.”
In addition to Chemours Johnsonville’s WHC efforts, the site is planning to develop a walking trail. It will extend from the Chemours parking lot to the OXY-Chem substation. The trail will have learning stations along its length with food plots allocated in the forest area. In addition to employee use, it will provide a place for Chemours to host outdoor classroom activities with local schools. Since 2020, Chemours Johnsonville has contributed more than $50,000 to school partnership programs in Humphreys and surrounding counties, and the trail and outdoor classroom activities offers another way for the employees to give back.
The Chemours Company (NYSE: CC) is a global leader in Titanium Technologies, Thermal & Specialized Solutions, and Advanced Performance Materials, providing its customers with solutions in a wide range of industries with market-defining products, application expertise and chemistry-based innovations. We deliver customized solutions with a wide range of industrial and specialty chemicals products for markets, including coatings, plastics, refrigeration and air conditioning, transportation, semiconductor and consumer electronics, general industrial, and oil and gas. Our flagship products include prominent brands such as Ti-Pure™, Opteon™, Freon™, Teflon™, Viton™, Nafion™, and Krytox™. The company has approximately 6,400 employees and 29 manufacturing sites serving approximately 3,200 customers in approximately 120 countries. Chemours is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol CC.
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