InstagramAsset 1logo-3

Lending a Hand to New Orleans: Employees Volunteer with National Wildlife Federation

Lending a Hand to New Orleans: Employees Volunteer with National Wildlife Federation

DENVER,04 April, 2006 — When Hurricane Katrina hit the City of New Orleans, not only were the lives of its citizens turned upside down, but the environment and wildlife in the area were also profoundly affected.

Prior to Katrina the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) had planned to hold its 70th Annual Meeting in New Orleans; after the hurricanes hit, the organization was even more committed to holding its meeting there and using the meeting as an opportunity to help the city and its wildlife recover.

As part of CH2M HILL's sponsorship of the NWF Conference, local CH2M HILL employees, along with conference delegates, volunteered their time on Saturday, 18 March, 2006, for City Park Restoration Day. New Orleans City Park is one of the country's oldest parks. Prior to the hurricanes, the area was thickly forested and home to a variety of wildlife.

A dozen employees and their families and friends showed up to pick up trash and plant new trees and wetland grasses.

"CH2M HILL and their employees have been wonderful partners and friends to City Park," said John Hopper, New Orleans City Park Director of Development. "With their help we were able to make tremendous improvements to Couturie Forest: planting bird-friendly trees, installing bird houses, and planting shoreline grasses to fight erosion. The park looks as good as it does today in large part due to civic minded organizations such as CH2M HILL.

Stephen Petron, an ecosystems market segment leader with CH2M HILL and vice chair of the National Wildlife Federation, was impressed with the level of support shown by CH2M HILL. "I was repeatedly approached by folks who expressed their gratitude for CH2M HILL's support. I consistently told them, that while I was happy that CH2M HILL was able to make a modest financial contribution to the event, I was most proud of the fact that so many of my colleagues spent their Saturday helping out to restore the park, and essentially became the driving force behind the effort. This community spirit is one of the factors that makes CH2M HILL the best place to work. We simply have the best people."
Article options
Share Story