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Winter 2012
In This Issue
23rd Annual Symposium
Coastal Plain Leadership Summit
2012 Certification
Five Star Restoration Grant Program
Corporate Homes for Wildlife Calendar
Toshiba America, Inc. Joins WHC
Planing a Pollinator Garden?
Certified Program Signs
WHC Online Store
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23rd Annual Symposium

Thank you to all the members, partners an2011 SY Logod individuals who made the Wildlife Habitat Council's 23rd Annual Symposium, People, Partnerships and Pathways, a huge success! Congratulations to the 2011 International Conservation Awards nominees and winners. These dedicated members, volunteers, and partners demonstrate excellence in the areas of wildlife habitat enhancement and restoration. Photos from the event, including the awards ceremony and certification award session, are available online in WHC's Members Only pages.    
 

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Coastal Plain Leadership Summit

Join members and partners of the WHC for a Coastal Plain Leadership Summit, March 27-28, 2012, at BP Cooper River in South Carolina. Beginning with a fieldtrip to explore the inspiring habitat restoration and management of BP Cooper River, we will explore the issues and concerns surrounding the cherished forest ecosystems of the region. We will also look at how our members and partners are working to protect and enhance these natural communities, and how they connect those conservation efforts to the human community. Afternoon discussions will begin a dialog to further deepen our efforts with more collaborative partnerships and innovative thinking.

  

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2012 Certification

WHC's Corporate Wildlife Habitat Certification/International Accreditation Program recognizes programs that focus on wildlife habitat and biodiversity, as well as conservation education.

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Wildlife at Work, Corporate Lands for Learning, Community Partner of the Year, and partner award application forms will be available online in early March. Please note that application deadlines and fees changed in 2011.

 

The 2012 application deadlines are:

  • Early Bird: postmarked by May 1
  • On-time: postmarked by June 1
  • Late: postmarked by July 1

Photo (c) Jeffrey PoppTo be eligible for Wildlife at Work certification at least one wildlife habitat enhancement project must be on-the-ground and documented for one year prior to applying for certification. Programs with habitat projects that are documented as being on-the-ground before June 1, 2011, are eligible for 2012 initial Wildlife at Work certification.

 

A program is eligible for Corporate Lands for Learning certification once ten hours of place-based conservation education activities have been implemented and documented within the year prior to submission of the certification application. These "Hours of Active Learning" can include programs presented to any audience, including your own employees, as long as activities meet clearly-stated learning goals.

 

Learn more about 2012 certification fees.

 

If you need help with your application or have general questions, please contact a WHC Regional Biologist, a WHC Education Specialist, or email WHC's Certification Manager at certification@wildlifehc.org 

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Five Star Restoration Grant Program

It's that time of year again; time to start planning your Five-Star Restoration Matching Grants Program projects and applications. Five Star Restoration Grant ProgramThe deadline for 2012 applications is Wednesday, February 15, 2012. Taking the time right now to get ahead of schedule is a great idea! This is a terrific way to receive funding for your wildlife site projects.


What is the Five-Star Restoration Matching Grants Program?

  • Provides grants, technical support and information exchange to help communities across the country build strong partnerships that work together on riparian, coastal or wetland restoration projects.
  • Average grant award is $10,000, with actual award amounts ranging from $5,000 to $40,000.
  • A unique opportunity for foundations, corporations and other groups to build stronger community ties by co-funding restoration projects.

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2013 Corporate Homes for Wildlife Calendar

Showcase your organization's hard work and meaningful real-world efforts as a leader in environmental stewardship.2012 Corporate Homes for Wildlife Calendar Reserve a weekly page(s) today in the 2013 Corporate Homes for Wildlife Calendar before it fills up and time runs out! Inside our calendar you will find stunning images and incredible biodiversity featured in each weekly page. Weekly pages prominently features the corporate logo of the company which sponsored the page and corresponding photo and caption. The display of corporate logos highlights to our readers a strong connection between each corporation and its fantastic wildlife habitat efforts. In addition to showcasing wildlife, please also consider using photos of community and education events at wildlife habitat sites to further showcase your commitment to improving your communities' habitats around the globe.
 

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Toshiba America, Inc. Joins the Wildlife Habitat Council

Toshiba America, Inc. (TAI) became a new member of the Wildlife Habitat Council in August, 2011. TAI is the U.S. holding company for Tokyo-based Toshiba Group, a global manufacturer and provider of services in digital products, electronic devices, social infrastructure systems and home appliances. Today Toshiba operates a global network of more than 740 companies with 204,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing $68 billion as March 31, 2011.

 

TABS-TPD, Mitchell, SDToshiba Group has developed an ambitious plan to achieve Environmental Vision 2050, Toshiba's view of the world in 2050 where its technological advancements and sound environmental principles ensure a comfortable standard of living and a sustainable planet for future generations. One of the ways Toshiba Group hopes to realize this vision is through initiatives that promote a sustainable society. The company's biodiversity initiative provides a framework to strengthen and enhance native habitats at its sites around the world. Membership with WHC will help TAI achieve its biodiversity goals through targeted local habitat enhancement projects focused on Toshiba facilities and the communities where Toshiba employees live and work.

 

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Pollinator Gardens

Planning a pollinator garden? Free or low-cost resources may be available! Through a special partnership of the WHC, Photo (c) Bill Duncan, Monsanto CompanyMonarch Watch and the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, WHC programs in the northeast and Midwest United States may be able to receive free or low-cost seeds, low-cost plugs (small plants) and expert advice on species selection from Monarch Watch Director Chip Taylor.This offer is limited-time and available only in selected states. Click here to view the flyer for details on eligible locations and the upcoming informational webinar. Contact bbtm@monarchwatch.org with questions.

 

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Certified Program Signs

Now that the holiday season is over and the New Year has begun, start 2012 off on a positive note and let others in your community know how committed your company is to improving the environment.

 

Don't wait - order a Wildlife at Work program sign and/or a Corporate Lands for Learning sign today! Our sign designers are in the process of building dozens of signs for other certified programs so don't be left out. Order your sign today!

 

For more information, contact Tiffany Msonthi at 301-588-4239 or visit our website to print the order form.

 

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WHC Online Store
Show your support of the Wildlife Habitat Council by wearing your WHC-logoed apparel! Buy co-branded apparel from our online store to draw attention to your company and your WHC projects.  Take a look today!
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Check out the WHC's member news! Or visit us on Facebook, YouTube or Flickr.
 

Also, be sure to visit the calendar of WHC Events.  

 

Welcome to our newest members:

  • ENVIRON Holdings
  • Great Dane Trailers
  • Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
  • Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
  • Metropolitan Nashville Public Works

 

President's Message
Robert Johnson, WHC President

Robert Johnson
WHC President

 

The Secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity has proposed in October, 2011, the production in 2012 of A Global Assessment of the Links between Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystems. Dr. Thomas Elmqvist, the theme leader, notes in his overview for the proposal "that by 2050, almost three billion additional people will inhabit the world's cities, and the world will have undergone the largest and fastest period of urban expansion in all of human history. It has become more and more clear that a sustainable urbanization will be necessary for achieving goals of a more sustainable planet. The aim of this assessment is to serve as the first comprehensive global analysis of how urbanization and urban growth impact biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics and how cities may use innovative ways to reduce vulnerability and enhance resilience."

  

The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) has focused its programs on this issue since 1988 by informing people about biodiversity and its critical nature to sustaining life as we know it, and empowering them to engage biodiversity loss through voluntary wildlife habitat restoration and conservation education where they work. In November 2011, at our 23rd Annual Symposium and Awards Banquet, WHC added 54 certified Wildlife at Work programs to the Registry of Certified Programs, bringing that total to 657 programs in 12 countries, and 15 Corporate Lands for Learning were added to the Registry, bringing that total to 138. As displayed by the global map of WHC's program footprint, you can see many of the programs are located in or near urbanized centers. Our vision is that through direct corporate engagement via their employee base in the communities where they have facilities or operations, they can and will educate a major part of the current and growing global population so they can be effective in meeting the biodiversity and sustainably challenges we face. In the continental United States, corporations own or lease lands that involve between one-quarter to one-third of the land base, thereby providing a substantial opportunity to make a major impact in addressing this challenge.

 

In 2012, WHC will advance a number of programmatic efforts to help meet the challenge of engaging the public in biodiversity conservation.

 

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