Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (PotashCorp) announced on Monday donation of $250,500 to the East Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America to fund a new facility at Camp Boddie. The new building will be named the PotashCorp ECO Lodge. The PotashCorp ECO Lodge will replace an existing nature lodge at the edge of the Camp Boddie reservation. The lodge will be a full-service environmental education facility providing youth with hands-on environmental experiences. It will contain space dedicated to environmental education, teaching rooms and a sizable animal display area for observing reptiles, birds, fish and mammals.
PotashCorp President and CEO Bill Doyle presented the check to East Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Property Chairman John Thomas. “The Boy Scouts’ proposal for an ECO Lodge that would take children outdoors to experience hands-on learning and connect with nature had strong appeal to PotashCorp,” said Doyle. “Environmental stewardship is a core value of our company, so the ECO Lodge is something we are very pleased to support. We believe it will be a well-used resource within the community and the entire region.”
The PotashCorp ECO Lodge is scheduled for completion in late summer or early fall of 2010. “With PotashCorp’s generous support, we will construct a technically modern environmental learning center on the East Carolina Scout Reservation on the Pamlico River. Along with indoor and outdoor classrooms for animal display and teaching Scouts nature and science merit badge requirements, the Lodge will become a destination for schools, professionals and volunteer organizations that want to bring students into nature to learn,” said Ray Franks, scout executive for East Carolina Council, BSA.
“It is an especially significant honor to be the recipient of this funding in 2010, Scouting’s Centennial. We are grateful to PotashCorp, as we share core values of ecology conservation. Our Council welcomes this leadership role in getting youth outdoors. Connecting with nature better equips youth to learn and become more physically fit.” said Franks.
PotashCorp’s subsidiary PCS Phosphate Company, Inc. employs approximately 1,100 employees at its Aurora facility with approximately ninety percent of them native to the area.
PotashCorp is the world’s largest fertilizer enterprise by capacity producing the three primary plant nutrients and a leading supplier to three distinct market categories: agriculture, with the largest capacity in the world in potash and third largest in phosphate and nitrogen; animal nutrition, with the world’s largest capacity in phosphate feed ingredients; and industrial chemicals, as the largest global producer of industrial nitrogen products and the world’s largest capacity for production of purified industrial phosphoric acid.
Source: PotashCorp Press Release