INVISTA earns recertification from Wildlife Habitat Council
INVISTA’s nylon manufacturing site near Camden, South Carolina, earned a three-year recertification from the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC). Recertification is part of WHC’s International Accreditation Program, in which companies build and maintain wildlife property on site and educate the community on the importance of preserving the environment.
INVISTA has earned WHC certification for 22 consecutive years, mobilizing a team of employee volunteers to monitor the 640 acres surrounding INVISTA’s manufacturing plant. The team maintains more than a dozen wildlife programs, which include care for Eastern bluebirds, wood ducks, prothonotary warblers, hummingbirds, wild turkeys, deer and native plants.
The team builds and repairs habitats, monitors wildlife activity, and keeps records of eggs laid and hatched. These records are submitted to a panel of WHC wildlife biologists and staff, who review the materials for certification eligibility.
“The hatching season always brings enjoyment and excitement to our volunteers,” said Barbara Horton, operations supervisor and Camden Wildlife Team leader. “We find hundreds of baby purple martins and bluebirds in our prepared habitats and sometimes a few surprises, like a nesting screech owl or great crested flycatcher.”
This year, in addition to receiving the maximum WHC recertification period, INVISTA Camden was a finalist for two WHC awards: the Upland Wildlife Management Award, for outstanding wild turkey management; and the Wings over Wetlands Award, for protection of wetland habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds.
INVISTA’s Camden, S.C., manufacturing site began operations in 1950 and produces nylon polymer and fiber for products including STAINMASTER® carpet fiber, ANTRON® carpet fiber and carpet fiber used in the automotive industry.
About Wildlife Habitat Council
The Wildlife Habitat Council is a nonprofit, non-lobbying 501 group of corporations, conservation organizations, and individuals dedicated to restoring and enhancing wildlife habitat. WHC’s programs take corporate sustainability goals and objectives and translate them into tangible and measurable on-the-ground action. Through a focus on building collaboration for conservation with corporate employees, other conservation organizations, government agencies and community members, WHC programs focus on healthy ecosystems and connected communities. To learn more, visit www.wildlifehc.org.