Preferred Earns Wildlife at Work Certification & Re-Certification

Dec 2 2015

Wildlife Cert and Re-Cert

On November 12, 2015 Preferred Materials received a certification and re-certification award from the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) at the Conservation Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Preferred’s Odessa Concrete Plant WHC project earned the 2015 Wildlife at Work certification for its eight-acre wildlife habitat site, where one acre is designated for a wildlife garden and outdoor learning space. The site’s newly certified pollinator garden hosts more than 75 different species of native plants. The Wildlife Team for the site was formed in March 2014, and since then, many volunteer hours were put into the creation of the garden by Preferred employees and by members of the Native Plant Society. The mission of the Odessa Wildlife Team is to increase the quality of habitat for wildlife on the property, to engage the community in conservation, and to provide an educational tool for the staff of Preferred Materials and students from local schools. The first educational tour of the plant and habitat site was conducted this month for a local fourth grade science class. (Read more about the tour here: http://bit.ly/ScienceTour)

The Winter Springs Asphalt Plant WHC project site of Preferred Materials was initially honored with the Wildlife at Work award in November 2013 and was re-certified with the award in 2015. The Wildlife Team for the site was formed in December of 2011, and since then, the focus of the Preferred’s Winter Springs WHC project has been to restore approximately two and a half acres of the property to wildflower meadow and pollinator gardens, and enhance and increase bird habitat for eastern bluebirds, songbirds, barn owls, and woodpeckers by providing artificial nesting structures. Preferred Materials is extremely honored to be awarded with these certifications and will continue to strive to be good neighbors and protect the environment.