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Westfields Hospital & Clinic Joins Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program

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Paul Fredrickson, Maintenance Assistant at Westfields Hospital & Clinic, with one of the duck houses which will be installed on campus over the coming months as part of the Audubon project.

Westfields Hospital & Clinic has received certification in Environmental Planning from the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP), an Audubon International program designed to help landowners preserve and enhance the environmental quality of their property. The plan was developed by Paul Fredrickson, Maintenance Assistant, who is also recognized for his effort to plan for environmental stewardship.

“The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program gives people an opportunity to do something good for the environment right where they live, work, and recreate,” said Christine Kane, Executive Director for Audubon International. “We welcome Westfields Hospital & Clinic’s commitment to managing the property in an environmentally-sensitive manner.”

By joining and participating in the ACSP, Westfields Hospital & Clinic will be involved in projects that enhance habitat for wildlife and preserve natural resources for the benefit of the local community.

“We thought this program fit well with what we’re already doing on our campus and our commitment at HealthPartners to sustainability,” said Fredrickson.

Westfields Hospital & Clinic will continue working closely with the local arm of the US Fish and Wildlife Service as it implements the conservation work. Some of the projects over the coming months will likely include: placing nesting boxes for cavity-nesting birds such as bluebirds and swallows; utilizing integrated pest management techniques; conserving water; maintaining food and cover for wildlife; planting native plants, grasses and flowers; removing invasive species such as buckthorn.

“The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program benefits both people and wildlife,” said Kane. “It’s a great way for businesses and environmental organizations to work together to become better stewards of the land and natural resources.