Boeing Receives Environmental Recognition from Wildlife Habitat Council

   Boeing Receives Environmental Recognition from Wildlife Habitat Council

Educational programs certified at Santa Susana Field Laboratory

PR Newswire

SIMI HILLS, Calif., Nov. 16, 2012

SIMI HILLS, Calif., Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Boeing's (NYSE: BA) Santa
Susana Field Laboratory, once a rocket engine testing and energy research
facility for the federal government, recently received the Wildlife Habitat
Council's prestigious Corporate Lands for Learning™ certification for
providing public wildlife habitat preservation and restoration education
programs.

The Wildlife Habitat Council, which works with corporations and conservation
organizations to create wildlife habitat enhancement education programs,
presented the award to Boeing at the Council's 24th Annual Symposium on Nov. 8
in Baltimore.

"Santa Susana employees may take pride in knowing that they have made an
important contribution to conservation education," said Margaret O'Gorman,
president of the Wildlife Habitat Council, noting Santa Susana's educational
programs showcase the site's unique human, natural and technological history.

The certification affirms the site's numerous educational opportunities that
highlight wildlife conservation including:

  oAvian studies through the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society's bird
    counting and banding program
  oWildlife habitat protection and California native plant restoration
  oFrequent guided bus and walking tours for community members, environmental
    groups, elected officials and reporters
  oCommunity events and children's programs that highlight pollinator
    habitats
  oSanta Susana specific curriculum taught by local colleges and universities

Santa Susana features oak woodlands, rare plants, sandstone formations,
abundant wildlife and a history rich in Native American cultural heritage. A
transformation is underway at the 2,850-acre site as it evolves from a legacy
of testing and research toward a future as open space benefitting the
community.

"Most people are aware of the site's significant role in the historical
research of rocket engine propulsion development and energy research," said
Tom Gallacher, Boeing site director, Santa Susana Field Laboratory. "What
surprises most people is that this site is a key habitat for a variety of
native plants, flowers and wildlife."

Santa Susana Field Laboratory was a rocket engine and energy research site
started by the federal government in 1950 as the United States began its
national space program. The site was critical to rocket engine testing that
supported nearly every major space program in U.S. history, from the earliest
satellites through the Space Shuttle.

Once cleanup on Boeing's property is complete, Santa Susana will create one of
the few remaining wildlife corridors in Southern California, connecting the
Sierra Madre ranges to the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

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Contact:
Kamara Sams, Boeing Communications
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kamara.sams@boeing.com 

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