ITC Receives Three Wildlife at Work Certifications From Wildlife Habitat
BALTIMORE, Nov. 21, 2013
BALTIMORE, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC)
has awarded Wildlife at Work certifications to three ITC Holdings Corp.
programs for contributions to wildlife habitat conservation in Michigan and
Iowa. ITC received the recognition at WHC's 25^th Annual Symposium,
Celebrating Corporate Conservation, on November 14 in Baltimore.
Environmental programs established for at least one year are eligible to apply
for certification through WHC's Corporate Wildlife Habitat
Certification/International AccreditationProgram. Certification requires
programs have an ongoing management plan that lists goals, objectives and
prescriptions as well as complete documentation of all programs. Projects vary
in scope from large scale prairie and wetland restoration, to individual
species management and native planting projects.
ITC's newly certified programs include Crow Island State Game Area Partnership
in Saginaw, Mich. and Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy Sand Point Nature
Preserve in Huron County, Mich., both within its ITC Michigan region, as well
as the company's Iowa City Warehouse in its ITC Midwest region. The company
now holds seven Wildlife at Work certifications. The others include its power
line transmission corridor at Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township, Mich.,
Wolcott Mill Metropark in Ray Township, Mich., a power line right-of-way
traversing the Chippewa Nature Center in Midland, Mich., and at its
headquarters in Novi, Mich.
"ITC Holdings is being recognized as an industry leader in corporate
conservation," said Margaret O'Gorman, president of WHC. "It is a model for
how we at the Wildlife Habitat Council connect corporations and communities to
create habitat and increase biodiversity on corporate properties for the
benefit of all. Through its certification programs of private lands owned by
the corporate sector, WHC has set the standard for conservation programs on
privately held land for more than 25 years."
A prominent feature of these certified Wildlife at Work programs is a
vegetation management plan focusing on the removal of invasive woody and
herbaceous species, and the re-establishment of native vegetation. Native
vegetation provides habitat opportunities to native species, increasing the
biodiversity in the area. All three ITC projects support these goals.
Crow Island State Game Area Partnership
ITC operates a high-voltage electric transmission line running through a
portion of the Crow Island State Game Area (CISGA) in Michigan's Saginaw and
Bay Counties. In an effort to improve biological diversity and restore the
natural ecosystem, ITC partnered with the Michigan Department of Natural
Resources to control invasive species within CISGA. Together, they focused on
100 acres with a combination of herbicide application, cutting and mowing. The
reduction of aggressive, non-native species encourages the naturalization of
native species and improves wildlife habitat and overall species diversity.
ITC also created brush pile habitat from cut debris and restored an existing
road to create safer access to the state game area.
Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy Sand Point Nature Preserve
ITC partnered with the Saginaw Bay Land Conservancy to enhance the Sand Point
Nature Preserve on Michigan's Saginaw Bay, with increased wildlife habitat and
improved access to the preserve through vegetation management. ITC removed
vegetation that was blocking trails within the preserve, opening access for
stewardship, recreational and educational activities. Brush piles were left
alongside the trail to create animal habitat, and six wood duck boxes were
installed to combat a decline in wood duck populations by providing proper
habitat for the successful fledging of new broods.
Iowa City Warehouse
In an effort to protect local water quality and as a part of its overall green
corporate citizen objectives, ITC Midwest identified its Iowa City Warehouse
as a suitable location for an innovative site-runoff treatment facility. It
built an 840 square-foot garden utilizing native plant species to intercept
roof runoff from the facility. The garden area was designed with a sand layer
and appropriate growing medium to assist with proper drainage, runoff
pollution prevention, and growth of the plants. Since its completion in 2011,
the garden has flourished through two summer seasons and provided continual
treatment of rooftop runoff throughout the growing season while creating a
natural habitat for local wildlife.
"We are honored to be recognized by the Wildlife Habitat Council for our
environmental stewardship efforts, and we're particularly proud of our Iowa
City Warehouse Rain Garden because it is our first Wildlife at Work
certification in our ITC Midwest footprint," said Jon Jipping, executive vice
president and chief operating officer for ITC. "It's a testament to our
environmental commitment in all of our operating territories, and we will
continue to pursue environmental initiatives throughout all of our operating
The ITC Wildlife at Work certifications were among 255 programs recognized at
the 2013 Symposium as meeting the strict certification requirements of
Wildlife at Work. In addition, 65 programs received Corporate Lands for
Learning certification. Certification requirements are strict and require that
programs apply for periodic renewal. Wildlife at Work certification recognizes
outstanding wildlife habitat management efforts at corporate sites, and offers
third-party validation of the benefits of such programs. Corporate Lands for
Learning certification provides programs with third-party recognition for
educational programs. Since 1990, WHC has certified 668 Wildlife at Work and
161 Corporate Lands for Learning programs worldwide.
About the Wildlife Habitat Council
The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) is a nonprofit, non-lobbying organization
dedicated to increasing the quality and amount of wildlife habitat on
corporate, private and public lands. WHC devotes its resources to building
partnerships with corporations and conservation groups to create solutions
that balance the demands of economic growth with the requirements of a
healthy, biodiverse and sustainable environment. WHC-assisted wildlife habitat
and conservation education programs are found in 45 states, the District of
Columbia, and 11 other countries. To learn more, visit www.wildlifehc.org.
About ITC Holdings Corp.
ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE: ITC) is the nation's largest independent electricity
transmission company. Based in Novi, Mich., ITC invests in the electric
transmission grid to improve system reliability, expand access to markets,
lower the overall cost of delivered energy and allow new generating resources
to interconnect to its transmission systems. ITC's regulated operating
subsidiaries include ITCTransmission, Michigan Electric Transmission Company,
ITC Midwest and ITC Great Plains. Through these subsidiaries, ITC owns and
operates high-voltage transmission facilities in Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota,
Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma, serving a combined peak load
exceeding 26,000 megawatts along 15,000 circuit miles of transmission line.
Through ITC Grid Development and its subsidiaries, the company also focuses on
expansion in areas where significant transmission system improvements are
needed. For more information, please visit: http://www.itc-holdings.com.
SOURCE ITC Holdings Corp.; Wildlife Habitat Council
Contact: Jeff Ghannam, Wildlife Habitat Council, 240-247-0930,
email@example.com; Robert Doetsch, ITC Holdings Corp., 248-946-3493,
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