Midwest Express, Inc. is joining forces with The Nature Conservancy to protect waterways on and around the grounds of the Midwest Express campus. This month, Midwest Express transferred 22 acres along Big Darby Creek to The Nature Conservancy to assist in the development of the Conservancy’s Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve.
“This land transfer is in line with our Corporate Citizenship mission,” Midwest Express President, Tamaki Hashimoto, said, “we are proud to partner with community leaders and conservationists for environmental preservation initiatives”.
The Nature Conservancy and its partners are working to protect the Big Darby headwaters through land acquisition, education and restoration efforts. Awareness of this unique resource prompted the Conservancy and Midwest to develop a cooperative approach for the protection of valuable headwaters land.
“With this transfer, Midwest Express is making yet another investment in Central Ohio,” said Josh Knights, executive director of the Conservancy in Ohio. “We appreciate the leadership by Midwest Express and its associates to help the Conservancy protect this ecologically important land and conserve this outstanding watershed for the benefit of the local community.”
The Nature Conservancy’s Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve is designed to protect and safeguard the Big Darby Creek, a state and national scenic river. This creek encompasses 560 miles and is part of the larger Lower Scioto River Basin. Big Darby provides habitat for no less than 100 species of fish and 44 species of mussels.
“Midwest Express is dedicated to the protection of our natural environment,” Hashimoto said. “We will continue to strive to be an environmental leader in the community and partner with The Nature Conservancy for joint projects.”
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.