NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 21, 2004) — A non-profit environmental group has awarded Bridgestone/Firestone's Warren County plant with habitat certification for the plant's conservation projects.
The certification is part of the Wildlife Habitat Council's Corporate Lands for Learning Award, which is designed to recognize outstanding environmental education, stewardship and voluntary employee efforts.
BFS' Warren County plant in Tennessee produces steel-belted radial tires for truck and bus applications. About 660 acres are proposed habitat enhancement areas, the tire maker said. Team members at the plant plan to promote native wildlife in the area while discouraging aggressive, non-native wildlife. Already they have installed bluebird and wood duck nest boxes, removed non-native overgrown nursery stock and made preparations for growing American chestnut trees. Employees also created a nature trail through a portion of the site and hosted wildlife events with local children's groups.
The Wildlife Habitat Council said the Warren County plant joins BFS' plants in Oklahoma City and Port Deposit, Md., which also are certified.