Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

Fort Madison Facility

Fort Madison, Iowa, United States

Certified Silver through 2022

Project Name
Project Type
Landfill Prairie Management
Grassland
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) Management
Avian
About the Program
A subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan, Climax Molybdenum's Fort Madison Facility is a chemical plant located in Fort Madison, Iowa. They are the world's largest producer of molybdenum chemical products. Situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, there are 17 acres of wetland and 64 acres of grassland behind the plant. The team strongly believes in environmental stewardship and and conservation of biodiversity and tries to reflect that in their projects.

Practices and Impacts
  • Since 1988, the team has been managing 64 acres of grassland with the goal of maintaining diverse, native prairie species. Using transects, the team identifies plants annually in prescribed burn and no-burn plots. Moving forward the team aims to have better invasive species control.
  • As a result of residential and agricultural development, the nesting opportunities for native wood ducks is threatened. To this end, the team manages and monitors 47 wood duck nest boxes. These boxes are placed in 12 different plots throughout the site in areas that provide foraging opportunities for the birds. Since 2013, the team has recorded 315 hatched eggs, suggesting that this project is helping to support the local wood duck population.

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