Monsanto Maui employees give a gift to the environment

For Monsanto employees like Ashley Lindsay, caring for the environment is not just a passion, it’s become a personal mission. So when the opportunity to assist Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge with their ongoing wetland restoration efforts presented itself last month, Ashley along with a group of dedicated Monsanto employees and their families jumped at the chance to help out.

The group volunteered over 40 hours helping Kealia Pond staff remove invasive plant species and restore native plants. They also helped clean interpretative signs and pick up trash.

In addition to donating manpower, Monsanto employees also secured a $500 grant which will be used to purchase a telescope to enable the public to learn more about Kealia Pond’s critical habitat, home to the endangered Hawaiian stilt (ae`o) and Hawaiian coot (`ala eke oke`o).

“Invasive plants are a real issue in this wildlife refuge,” said Courtney Brown, Park Manager for the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge. “This is a concentrated urban core area and many of the invasive plants outcompete the native plants.  With a our small staff, we’re very grateful for service groups like Monsanto coming out to help us maintain these wetlands.”

Lindsay, who was raised on Maui and learned about native plants and restoration work while attending the University of Hawaii Maui College studying Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources, is passionate about utilizing her knowledge to save Maui’s threatened habitats. Today, she serves as nursery supervisor for Monsanto.

“It’s important that we restore and preserve the `aina for future generations,” said Lindsay. “One of the best parts of working for Monsanto is that the company supports our endeavors and provides its employees with time, resources and physical support to give back to our community. I think that’s the greatest gift of all when we give of ourselves to help our environment and those in need.”

Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world’s natural resources such as water and energy. To learn more about our business in Hawaii and our commitments, please visit: www.monsanto.com/Hawaii.