Giving back: S.C. State honor students help develop Albemarle's new wildlife habitat

Saturday, November 10, 2007

By TAMERA LANK, T&D Correspondent
Reprinted from The Times and Democrat

Environmental honor students from South Carolina State University helped clean up the property where Albemarle Corp. is building its new wildlife habitat. (TAMERA LANK/T&D CORRESPONDENT)A group of college students recently helped a local industry develop a wildlife habitat that will provide educational opportunities for area students and other groups.

Harold Seabrook, a member of Albemarle Corp.'s Community Advisory Panel and South Carolina State University staff member, led a team of S.C. State environmental honor students in performing clean-up activities to aid in the completion of Albemarle's wildlife habitat, the Hundred Acre Woods.

Also participating in the clean-up was Gilbert Wells of Sodexho, the Gaithersburg, Md.-based food and facilities management provider at S.C. State.

Cleaning the area was a daunting task, as part of the property had once been public land used for dumping. More than 150 bags of trash were recovered by the volunteers, filling two trash bins. Metal, glass and tires were part of the mix.

The students also helped complete construction of a turtle pond by unloading nine large pallets of rock to be placed around the perimeter of the pond and installing a split-rail fence for an upcoming Carolina Fence Garden.

Kim Krisle, Albemarle's project facilitator, was pleased with the students' participation.

"We accomplished a lot in a short period of time," she said. "It was a pleasure to see young people giving back to their community while improving the environment."

Krisle also expressed her gratitude to Seabrook.

"Mr. Seabrook actually approached us and offered the help of his group to help us complete this important project," she said. "It was greatly needed and appreciated. It was good to see a CAP member volunteer to help."

In addition to the successful clean-up day with S.C. State, Albemarle Corp. is working with local Boy Scouts from Troop 90 and Pack 45 to construct and install 20 bird houses for the nature trail.

Hundred Acre Woods will be ready for school tours in the coming weeks.

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