Monsanto has been a leader in respecting the land and conserving our natural resources for many years. In fact, we implemented reclamation and conservation practices before any laws required we do so.
Because of our efforts, the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), an independent, nonprofit organization made up of business, conservation organizations and individuals dedicated to protecting and enhancing wildlife habitat, has recognized our commitment to the environment. Two of our reclaimed mines are certified wildlife sites, with the first receiving certification in 1993. Additionally, we’ve been nominated for a “Habitat of the Year” award.
But we do more to help the wildlife than just protecting and improving our land. We also educate employees and interested citizens and organizations about the values of wildlife and responsible land stewardship. Teaching others how to make a difference helps maintain our long-term commitment to wildlife management.
Part of our education program includes involving local organizations in our mine reclamation practices, teaching them how to plant trees, build wildlife habitats and much more.
Increasing the Population of Moose
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 Matthews, “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.”