General Motors Corp. has expanded on a project that has little to do with cars and a lot to do with taking care of wildlife and their habitat.
Given the companies need for large spaces to operate and build facililies it's inevitable to have clashes with land, water and animals. So in mitigating any damage that might occur GM has added another wildlife habitat protection project to its line up.
The project at GM's Drayton Warehouse in Waterford was announced earlier this week is a 35-acre habitat that brings GM's total of protected or enhanced wildlife habitats around the world to 1,000 acres.
The need to protect the habitat around Drayton Warehouse came about due to a watershed issue that was causing too much runoff from GM's parking lot and paved surfaces. The runoff was affecting the grounds, the wildlife, nearby Rainbow Lake and a subdivision. In response, GM has turned the parking lot into a pond and changed some of its drainage and water system to retain water.
The decision revolved around environmental protection business.
Drayton Warehouse is used to store automotive parts and manufacturing equipment.
The new grounds will feature:
A 5.5 acre pond surrounded by native grasses
New grassy hills
A retention wall
A clean habitat for migratory birds
Food, shelter and open space for an increasing deer population
And in the future a viewing station for school children
to see the wildlife such as frogs, snapping
turtles, wood ducks, mallards, Canada geese, great blue herons, sand hill cranes, red tailed hawks, sharp shinned hawks, white tailed deer, coyotes, raccoons, opossums and skunks.
Source: Sharon Basel, General Motors Communications and Becky Johnson, Accounty Supervisor, Social Influence
Writer: Kim North Shine