TOPEKA, Kan., Feb. 22, 2011 –
Ducks Unlimited and the Wildlife Habitat Council recognized Lafarge as the winner of the 2010 Wings Over Wetlands award. The award was presented to Lafarge for the habitat conservation work being conducted at their cement facility in Fredonia, Kan.
"The Fredonia facility is working diligently to be good stewards of wetlands and wildlife on their company-owned lands," Dale Humburg, DU chief biologist and lead judge of the Wings Over Wetlands competition, said.
The Wings Over Wetlands award was created by DU and WHC in 2007 to encourage active corporate participation in wetland stewardship and to recognize those corporations that have excelled in restoring, protecting and managing wetland habitats on their sites.
Lafarge's Fredonia Cement Plant established a project that ensures perpetuation of existing wildlife values and adds to future values as well. In addition, the community of Fredonia has responded favorably to the site, and the DU chapter in the area has become involved in the project.
"We are honored to receive this award from these two well-respected organizations," Sean Brennan, plant manager at the Fredonia Cement plant, said. "We have a group of employee volunteers we call our ‘Green Team' who lead our wetlands efforts, along with the continued support of all our plant employees. Looking after and giving back to our environment is integral to how we conduct our business, and we look forward to building upon our efforts every year," Brennan continued.
DU Senior Regional Director Barry Allen and Regional Director Russ Hawley presented the award during a Feb. 22 celebration event at the Fredonia facility.
"We are impressed by what has already been accomplished at this site and by the plans for continued and expanded habitat management and community outreach," Allen said. "It is evident that corporate support of maintaining biodiversity is an organization-wide goal."
Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.