MEDLEY, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) recently hosted their annual symposium at the Hilton Baltimore, celebrating corporate conservation. Titan Florida’s Pennsuco Plant and its Environmental Manager, Muhammad Khan, were featured.
Mr. Khan presented a case study, entitled “Titan Florida’s Ecological Restoration.” In the 1940s, the Corps of Engineers planted what they believed were harmless melaleuca trees in and around the campus of the present-day Pennsuco plant. By the late 1990s, the tree was determined by the USDA to be an invasive species. Plant employees had no choice but to salvage the current and soon-to-be native trees by eradicating the melaleuca trees.
Working over three years with a team of Titan environmental employees and a local biologist, the melaleuca trees were removed and native trees, such as gumbo limbo, live oak and red maple, were planted and are now thriving on the plant campus. “It was a hard fight to reverse the spread of the invasive species but the results are most gratifying,” said Khan, who led the effort.
Fifty acres of land have been mitigated for this project, including an upland tree island that is host to native trees spread over 3,000 sq. ft. The campus now accommodates bird habitants, including cattle egret, bald eagle, wood stork, white ibis and flamingo. A family of otters enjoys the nearby waterways, as well.
Employees at Titan Florida’s Pennsuco complex received international recognition for their contributions to conservation education at the Wildlife Habitat Council’s 25th Annual Symposium last year. Titan demonstrated its continued commitment to environmental stewardship by achieving Corporate Lands for Learning certification at the Pennsuco complex.
The Wildlife Habitat Council is a nonprofit, non-lobbying organization dedicated to increasing the quality and amount of wildlife habitat on corporate, private and public lands. WHC devotes its resources to building partnerships with corporations and conservation groups to create solutions that balance the demands of economic growth with the requirements of a healthy, bio diverse and sustainable environment. WHC-assisted wildlife habitat and conservation education programs are found in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and 11 other countries. To learn more, visit www.wildlifehc.org.
Titan Florida LLC is a subsidiary of Titan America LLC. Titan America LLC is a leading environmentally and socially progressive heavy building materials company doing business in the eastern United States. Our products include cement, aggregates, ready-mixed concrete, concrete block, fly ash and mineral beneficiation. Our parent company, Titan Cement Company, S.A., headquartered in Athens, Greece, is a signatory to the UN Global Compact, a group of companies committed to sustainable and socially responsible business practices and is a core member of the Global Cement Sustainability Initiative. We have been in operation since 1902 and we remain a family-led business with a values-oriented, people-focused culture.