University of Iowa/Stanley Consultants News Release
June 8, 2006
Stanley Consultants, Inc. To Create Wildlife Habitat At Oakdale Research Park
Thanks to a project initiated by Stanley Consultants, Inc., a two-acre area that includes a pond at the University of Iowa's Oakdale Research Park in Coralville will become a wildlife habitat, complete with native shrubs and trees.
Stanley Consultants, a global engineering, environmental and construction services company, has offices at 2658 Crosspark Road in the research park. Beginning at 9 a.m. on June 10, a group of about 15 Stanley Consultants employees will plant species such as ninebarks, weeping willows, dogwoods, boneset, great blue lobelia and swamp milkweed near the pond. About 20 plantings will be completed in this first phase.
"In addition to making the area more visually attractive, the new plantings will improve the quality and quantity of habitat for native animal species. These areas will provide cover, food and a place for animals to raise their young," said Megan Black, an environmental scientist at Stanley Consultants.
Nesting boxes and bat houses will be installed at a later date. They will likely be constructed by local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops during the fall of 2006, Black added.
Stanley Consultants hopes to do more environmentally-friendly office park designs, and Black believes the research park project is one of the few of its kind in the Midwest.
"We want to make this habitat useful for the people who work in the park, making it a great place to walk and enjoy the area," she added.
When the project is completed, Stanley Consultants and the UI will apply for a Certificate of Achievement to be presented by the National Wildlife Federation. If approved, plaques recognizing their efforts will be awarded and displayed near the newly planted areas.
In order to be certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, a site must provide for wildlife food, water, cover and places to raise young. Property owners must also employ sustainable gardening practices that conserve the natural resources of the area.
University of Iowa facilities officials have approved the wildlife habitat enhancement project.
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.
CONTACTS: Tom Bauer, Oakdale Research Park, 319-335-4067; Mary Jo Finchum, Stanley Consultants, 563-264-6485, firstname.lastname@example.org Writers: George McCrory and Kelli Andresen