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LIBERTY, pharm TX, search February 18, look 2009 – Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, based in Liberty, Texas, has been named as a winner in the 2008 QVM Project Habitat Awards, announced at the third annual awards banquet held recently in Austin, Texas. The QVM Project Habitat Awards is an annual awards program designed to honor quality vegetation management programs across the U.S. It rewards vegetation management professionals that uphold high standards of vegetation management and follow the QVM Principles and Practices. “Trinity River stands out as a leader in responsible environmental stewardship because of their commitment to the highest industry principles and practices,” said Kim Dorman, Communications Specialist for BASF Professional Vegetation Management. “The commitment they have made helps sustain healthy vegetation and wildlife ecosystems.” A winner in the Aquatic category, Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge has to deal with both native and non-native aquatic weeds including alligator weed, floating pennywort, frogbit and water hyacinth in their lakes and ponds. Controlling these weeds was a challenge due to the desirable cypress trees dotting the southeast Texas refuge. QVM Certified Applicator Chem-Air worked with BASF to implement an aerial herbicide application selectively targeting the troublesome weeds with little to no damage to the cypress trees. Chem-Air’s first application achieved more than 80 percent control , dramatically improving fish and wildlife habitat, while also providing the public better access to the water. “We could not have accomplished this level of success without BASF expertise,” said Stuart Marcus, Refuge Manager. “Birds are already starting to use the areas cleared of exotic vegetation.”
Entrants competed in six categories, including Forestry, Utility, Roadside, Invasive Vegetation Management, Aquatic and Specialty. Submissions were judged on criteria including a description of their vegetation management problem, the solution and the results of their application. They were also asked to evaluate the success of their program and the impact of using a QVM Certified Applicator or other partners. Entrants were asked to explain how their project exemplified the QVM Principles and Practices and how they achieved the following:
QVM Principles & Practices • Restore and improve plant, animal and human habitats • Seek out and support professional certification and technical training • Strive to always make a positive environmental change • Apply herbicide responsibly, using the appropriate amount to achieve the desired results • Protect threatened and endangered species • Support industry research and development • Follow label recommendations For more information on the 2009 QVM Project Habitat Awards or QVM, please visit www.vmanswers.com.