PRESCOTT, Ark. (Oct. 13, 2009)—Employees from Firestone Building Products L.L.C.'s rubber roofing facility in Prescott have joined with the Wildlife Habitat Council and an array of area community groups to convert more than 4 acres of turf grass near the factory into native plant landscapes.
Work began in June with the planting of a 2-acre native grass and wildflower meadow. A second project—currently under construction—will establish a 2-acre nature trail encompassing a hummingbird sanctuary, rock garden and 7,200-sq.-ft. pond complete with a waterfall and gazebos. The Wildlife Habitat Council has recognized the projects with Wildlife at Work certification.
“Converting a portion of our property from useless turf grass into a wildlife habitat area is another way our facility can have a positive impact on our immediate environment and local animal life,” said Patricia Mathis, the company employee leading the initiative as Wildlife Habitat leader.
As the native landscapes develop over the next two years, they will provide habitat for native hummingbirds, small mammals and grassland songbirds, along with butterflies, caterpillars and bees. When completed, the firm also plans to open the nature trail to surrounding schools for use as an educational tool.