As a responsible local neighbor and a global company committed to sustainability, Eastman is committed to conserve and protect natural resources, including wildlife habitats.
Land in or adjacent to protected areas
As part of Eastman’s risk assessment and evaluation process for new facilities, consideration is given to the potential impacts to the existence of local and regional sensitivities such as wetlands and wildlife habitat.
Examples of Eastman’s sponsorships of local ecosystems include:
- Balok River Adoption Program, Kuantan Malaysia
- Our facility at Newport, South Wales, leases Gwent Wildlife Trust 31 hectares of fields to manage as a Nature Reserve, known as Great Traston Meadows.
- Eastman Foundation supports The Nature Conservancy. The funds that Eastman Foundation has donated help fund The Nature Conservancy’s acquisition of a preserve in Shady Valley, Tennessee, which supports at least 26 rare plants and animals.
Eastman is not aware of any significant impacts on biodiversity in 2016. Since the 1960s, Eastman has partnered with the Academy of Natural Sciences to study the rivers upstream and downstream of our major United States manufacturing sites to ensure that our operations are not negatively impacting the environment. Two of the most extensive of these river studies are focused around the Kingsport, Tennessee and Longview, Texas sites. The studies conducted in 2010 again confirmed in both cases that our operations do not adversely impact these water bodies. The Academy conducted a Sabine River study in 2015 and is scheduled to complete a Holston River study in 2018.
Habitats protected or restored
For more than 90 years, Eastman women and men have served our local communities. As part of that service, we enhanced, protected, promoted, and restored wildlife habitats on our plant properties and in our communities. Listed in the following are some of our nature-related activities:
Eastman’s Texas Operations facility is recognized as a Conservation Certification Silver site through the Wildlife Habitat Council. Texas Operation’s longstanding environmental education program provides site-based outdoor classrooms, a demonstration forest, stream, observation beehive, and an amphitheater.
- Our Demonstration Forest is recognized at both the state and national level. Eastman has “Tree Farm” status from the American Tree Farm System and is a Certified Forest Steward by the Texas A&M Forest Service. The demonstration forest is managed under the Stewardship Forest Management Plan developed by Texas A&M Forest Service.
- We host multiple Forest Awareness Tours (FATs) at our nature center throughout the year. Visitors can spend anywhere from 2-6 hours rotating through different stations where they learn about a variety of environmental education topics from experts representing the following partner organizations: Texas A&M Forest Service, Natural Resource Conservation Services, East Texas Beekeepers Association, Northeast Texas Field Ornithologists (NETFO), and Eastman employees.
- We work with Texas A&M Forest Service to host Project Learning Tree® (PLT)Walk in the Forest for Educators (both in-service and preservice teachers). PLT is an award-winning environmental education curriculum for educators of students in Pre-K through 8th grade.
- One of the unique features of our nature center is the Honeybee Observation Hive, which offers visitors an opportunity to watch bees in their natural habitat. The hive is maintained by the East Texas Beekeepers Association.
- Texas Operations continues support of birding efforts at our facility and nature center. Bird counts occur throughout the year across our entire 6,000 acre site.
- Each December, our facility is host to the Longview Christmas Bird Count where Eastman’s property represents about 15% of the area covered and over 90% of the species tallied in the city count. More than 100 species are usually identified each year. Additionally, an Eastman employee (and Scout leader) leads the nesting box management program with his troop. The troop cleans and repairs the boxes around the nature center and the plant site twice a year. There are around 35 boxes for both wood ducks and blue birds.
- We continue to manage and maintain data on the deer population in the habitat area through deer surveys conducted in even years. Our most recent survey was conducted in 2018 with the next survey planned for 2020. Population has dropped over the past two surveys, which is desired as prior surveys showed an overabundance of deer.
- The Eastman Foundation has been a partner to The Nature Conservancy since 1991 and, over the years, has donated more than $300,000. These funds have helped preserve Shady Valley, a rare high-elevation remnant of the last Ice Age, located in Johnson County in the northeastern corner of Tennessee, just outside Cherokee National Forest.
Eastman strategies and plans related to biodiversity
As a responsible local neighbor and a global company committed to sustainability, Eastman is committed to conserve and protect natural resources. We will continue to work through partnerships with groups such as The Nature Conservancy, Gwent Wildlife Trust, Academy of Natural Sciences, Wildlife Habitat Council, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and other groups who share our drive and commitment to preserve and protect natural resources.