RESEARCH TRIANGLE, N.C. - BASF Professional Vegetation Management has announced a partnership with the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation to provide forestland management and wildlife habitat enhancement on the Foundation’s land in Virginia.
Created by five-time NASCAR race winner and 2002 Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton, the foundation owns 1,000 acres and manages over 2,100 acres. This land is enriched with pine and hardwood forest bordering Virginia’s scenic Staunton River for more than seven and a half miles. The forested areas provide a wide range of wildlife habitat.
This relationship will entail BASF ProVM working with the Foundation to use proper forestland and habitat management practices on those lands. The latter will include treatment with smart herbicides, such as Arsenal herbicide Applicators Concentrate, to control unwanted vegetation and enhance wildlife habitat.
BASF will also implement a Quality Vegetation Management program that will combine the use of smart herbicides with traditional practices such as prescribed burning. By reducing hardwood brush, which often prevents sunlight from reaching the forest floor, smart herbicides enable the growth of natural food sources for desirable animals such as deer, turkey and quail.
“We are excited to be affiliated with the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation,” said Scott Peoples, BASF Professional Vegetation Management marketing manager. “Creating a long-term relationship with a foundation that’s highly dedicated to wildlife habitat enhancement reinforces BASF’s commitment to the environment.”
This year, BASF ProVM will donate $75,000 to WBWF in the form of vegetation management and wildlife specialist consulting; vegetation control products; and funds dedicated to purchasing the additional 1,123 acres that adjoin the foundation’s existing land. The partnership will also assist in funding educational programs, including the construction of an on-site wildlife center designed to help children, teachers and landowners learn more about natural resource stewardship and proper forestland management.
“The BASF ProVM sponsorship will help ensure that we achieve our forestland management and wildlife habitat enhancement goals,” said WBWF founder Ward Burton. “We appreciate the support BASF ProVM provides and look forward to utilizing smart herbicides and QVM to create a place that will provide valuable educational enrichment while preserving and restoring our treasured Virginia forestlands.”
To learn more about Ward Burton or the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation, visit the foundation’s Web site at www.twbwf.org. To donate to the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation, contact Jerry Craig at 540-586-6463 or e-mail: [email protected]. For more information on proper forestland management, visit www.forestryfacts.com.