Preserving Habitats and Protecting Wildlife
One of Mosaic's most important stewardship roles within our woods, meadows and wetlands is the management of wildlife. Wood storks, bald eagles, scrub jays, gopher tortoises, sandhill cranes and numerous varieties of snakes and frogs are just a few of the species that inhabit our reclaimed ecosystems.
Protected wildlife species can migrate and colonize on our reclaimed land, or at times they are relocated to Mosaic's reclaimed habitats using approved federal and state relocation methods. In all cases, the best scientific expertise helps make wildlife conservation and transitions successful.
A good example of our work in this area includes our successful translocation of a fragmented population of Florida scrub-jays from our Florida mining operations to a Mosaic-owned conservation scrub site in Manatee County. Scrub-jays are listed as a Threatened Species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
To manage this sensitive project, a team of experienced avian experts joined senior ecologists from Mosaic to develop and document a plan to monitor and support the population of scrub-jays on lands owned by Mosaic. Since its inception in 2002, this project has successfully increased the scrub-jay population to 10 families and over 37 individuals, versus the population at this site prior to 2002 of one family and three individuals. Similar relocation programs are in place for other species as well, such as the gopher tortoise and burrowing owls.
Improving natural settings and wildlife habitats in the communities where we live and work doesn't always fall to Mosaic's experts. Employees from various operations are committed to this priority, and many actively volunteer to make a difference. In the summer of 2009, 35 Florida employees along with their families and friends participated in a Mosaic-sponsored coastal cleanup of Charlotte Harbor, which lies to the south of our operations in Central Florida. This National Estuary is home to thousands of native plant and animal species, and considered one of the most productive estuaries in the nation. It is also a popular fishing and recreational area in the region.
This group of volunteers — supported by vendor partners from Rubber Applications, Central Maintenance & Welding, Rubber & Accessories, RSR Coatings, HD Supply and Central Florida Industrial — traveled to Punta Gorda from as far away as Polk County to gather trash by boat and on foot. Some walked along the coastal mangroves while others patrolled in boats north along the Peace River and south into Charlotte Harbor.
What they found, wedged in thick coastal mangroves, was a significant amount of debris left over from Hurricane Charley, which hit the area in 2004. Altogether, the group collected 60 bags of trash and enough large items to fill two dumpsters.
Mosaic's international operations run similar cleanup programs. In China, Mosaic employees participate in community cleanup efforts near our Yantai facility. In Brazil, Mosaic operates Anhaia Vive, a social and environmental program that has removed thousands of tons of garbage from local canals, sending much of it to recycling centers. This growing program also conducts environmental education and pilot projects for waste minimization.