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Conserving More: Habitats Protected or Restored Part 3

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Monsanto strives to be a leader in respecting the land and conserving our planet’s natural resources for many years. Our efforts to maintain sustainable, bio-diverse ecosystems at various company sites continue to improve around the globe. 

Increasing the Population of Moose in the Rocky Mountains 

Wild rose, sandbar willow and red osier dogwood are rich and nutritious food sources for the Shiras moose, which lives in the Rocky Mountains. Every year, Monsanto employees and family members volunteer their time to re-establish stands of these trees and shrubs in places where land and snow slides, flooding, fire or other developments have destroyed pre-existing stands. 

After joining one of these events, Mike Mathews, president of the North American Moose Foundation, observed that while moose populations and habitat around the world have diminished, the Rocky Mountain area of Southeastern Idaho has seen its moose population increase each year. 

According to Mathews, “Monsanto’s state of the art practices and world-class reclamation have helped to make moose conservation and phosphorus production compatible uses of the land.” 

Awards & Special Recognition 

In addition to WHC certifications, several Monsanto locations have been awarded and recognized throughout the years for their exceptional efforts in wildlife habitat preservation:

• Two of our reclaimed mines in Soda Springs, Idaho, are certified wildlife sites, with the first receiving certification in 1993.

• In 2004, Monsanto was awarded EPA ’s Performance Track WHC Special Commendation for its Big Sand Mound Nature Preserve located in Muscatine, Iowa.

• A s of 2006, three Monsanto plants have received special recognition for their wildlife habitat enhancement efforts:

– Luling plant

– Muscatine plant

– Soda Springs plant

• In 2009, Monsanto was awarded North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPP C) WHC Pollinator Award for its World Headquarters in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

• In 2011, our World Headquarters in Creve Coeur, Missouri, was nominated for the “Prairies for Tomorrow Award” by the WHC. 

This article was excerpted from Monsanto’s 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report. The full report is available on Monsanto.com.

Photograph by Charles Rondeau via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.

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