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Ashland, Inc. Volunteers Lend a Hand at Kentucky River Cleanup

Corporate volunteers do their part to conserve the Kentucky River Palisades region!


Lancaster, Kentucky | November 07, 2012

On a foggy Tuesday morning in October, eleven employees from Ashland, Inc. visited The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky’s Sally Brown Nature Preserve, located in Jessamine County, to lend a hand in conserving a  stretch of bottomland habitat along the Kentucky River.  As part of the Ashland Chemical Giving Campaign, employees were able to participate in a Day of Giving at an agency of their choice.  Employee volunteers included Kwame Duho, Jeremy Caldwell, George Zhang, Alexey Stiop, Jamie Daasch, Karol Baily, Matt Kubiak, Ginni Whittington, Michael Martin and Amy Ross (in addition to Ashland, Inc. employee spouse, Ricky Ross, who works for Lexmark International). 

The volunteers traveled to the Sally Brown Nature Preserve in Nicholasville, Kentucky to collect trash along the Kentucky River.  The group collected almost fifty bags of trash and flagged waste that was too big to carry or fit into a trash bag. Volunteer

Amy Ross commented that “the weather was actually great for our Day of Giving which made it much more enjoyable.  I was amazed at how much trash gets tossed into local waterways and washes up on the banks of the river.  It was hard work but I’m so glad we participated.” 

Lab manager George Zhang commented:  "Working at the Sally Brown Preserve makes me feel how precious our environment can be and how important that we should take actions to preserve this resource."

“Our goals and objectives in the Palisades region of Kentucky are expanding,” says Terry Cook, State Director for The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky.  ”We are currently undergoing a master planning process for our continued efforts to protect the Palisades region.  We are working with partners, area landowners, and local and state officials to develop a framework for bridging conservation work across the region.  Our hope is that the region will serve as a bioreserve for area families and tourists interested in Kentucky’s natural landscapes, and for area schools wishing to expose children to the importance of our natural resources. It’s really enjoyable to see motivated individuals such as the employees of Ashland, Inc. actively participating in the conservation and protection of this important area.  It makes our job that much easier.” 

For more information about the cleanup, or to find out how your company can participate in a Conservancy volunteer field day, please contact Suzanne Crockett at 859-259-9655 or via email at Kentucky@tnc.org.


About The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky: The Mission of The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Since opening its doors in Kentucky in 1975, The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky has protected over 40,000 acres of diverse habitat throughout the state, including more than 8,000 acres by direct ownership and 6,500 acres by conservation easements. During this time, we have also helped to conserve more than 100,000 acres of additional lands and waters throughout the Commonwealth in partnership with corporations, government agencies, conservation organizations and private landowners, partnerships made possible by support of a loyal and dedicated membership. Visit them at www.nature.org/kentucky.

About Ashland, Inc.:  In more than 100 countries, the people of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH) provide the specialty chemicals, technologies and insights to help customers create new and improved products for today and sustainable solutions for tomorrow.  Ashland is committed to being a socially responsible corporation and has a long history as  a Responsible Care company.  Ashland is dedicated to achieving its goals of zero-incident performance, 100-ercent compliance and reducing environmental impact.  Ashland is passionate about creating technologies and solutions that improve customers’ products and processes, reduce environmental impact, preserve the availability of the world’s natural resources and enhance the quality of life in our communities.  Visit them at www.ashland.com.


The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.

Contact information

Suzanne Crockett
The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky
scrockett@tnc.org or kentucky@tnc.org

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