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LIBERTY, TX, February 18, 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.

About the QVM™ Project Habitat™ Awards For those of us who perform vegetation management – whether on a roadside, utility right-of-way, public or private land – it is our duty to help make this world a better place. Quality Vegetation Management helps us do just that. Quality Vegetation Management (QVM) is a set of principles that create and sustain healthy habitats through professional, ethical and responsible practices. Now, there's a program designed to recognize and reward QVM efforts. Sponsored by BASF Professional Vegetation Management (ProVM), the QVM Project Habitat Awards are presented to exceptional vegetation management projects that exemplify the principles and practices of QVM. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 97-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 547 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 63 fish, wildlife management offices, and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies. For more information contact: Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge Tel: (936) 336-9786 E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Kim Dorman BASF Professional Vegetation Management Tel: (919) 547-2296 E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Amy Fisher Padilla Speer Beardsley Inc. Tel: (612) 455-1773 E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it