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Wildlife at the CTC

by David Zatz on

Chrysler Group LLC received international recognition at the Wildlife Habitat Council’s (WHC) 25th Annual Celebrating Corporate Conservation symposium with Wildlife at Work certification for the Chrysler Group World Headquarters and Technology Center (“CTC”) in Auburn Hills.

Margaret O’Gorman, WHC president, wrote, “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.”

The CTC is in an expansive wooded setting with wetlands on a 465-acre site roughly 30 miles north of Detroit. A wide variety of wildlife species have been observed on the site, including great blue herons, double-crested cormorants, wood ducks, cottontail rabbits, and Blanding’s turtles. The facility includes a 1.5-mile nature trail.

“Preserving the natural habitat of this site was part of the Master Plan when our Chrysler Group World Headquarters and Technology Center was first conceived,” said Greg Rose, Director of Environment, Health and Safety, Chrysler Group LLC.

There are four natural wetlands on the property, covering around 17 acres. The wetlands are an important habitat for great blue herons, which have formed a rookery (nesting colony) on the property. The water levels and water quality of the wetlands are maintained for the herons and other wildlife through engineering controls which direct road runoff away from the wetlands, direct precipitation into the wetlands, and minimize erosion and silt entering the wetlands.

Another project on the grounds of the Headquarters and Technology Center is the newly-created pollinator garden. Pollinating species are declining sharply in number, due largely to improper pesticide use and habitat fragmentation; the Chrysler Wildlife Team planted 15 different species of native plants to provide a food source from spring through fall, and cover in the winter.

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. Thanks to Chrysler for providing these photos.

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