The MATHESON New Johnsonville (Tennessee) facility has created an official Certified Wildlife Habitat™ that is recognized by the National Wildlife Federation® (NWF).

The Wildlife Habitat program celebrates efforts to create and improve wildlife habitats with sustainable natural food sources, clean water, cover, and places to raise young.

The New Johnsonville facility is one of MATHESON’s largest, and is a Center of Excellence for Specialty Gas Manufacturing. The world-class facility performs cylinder prep, specialty gas manufacturing, blending, purification, filling, and distribution. High purity mixtures, calibration mixtures, EPA Protocol mixtures, and gases for electronics fabrication are produced at the facility.

MATHESON’s Sustainable Environment policies led to participation in the NWF Wildlife Habitat certification program. Nestled in rural Tennessee, the New Johnsonville production facility is part of a large natural ecosystem.

In parallel with certification as a Wildlife Habitat, the facility also boasts world-class environmental safeguards and technology for emission control and abatement.

As a part of a 2010 facility expansion, the NJV plant re-routed a 2,000-ft section of Little Dry Creek, a tributary to the Tennessee River. The facility also created wetland areas for storm water runoff. The work was performed with oversight from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

A stream restoration contractor designed and oversaw the creation of the re-routed stream, and native trees and vegetation were planted in the riparian area. The area was monitored by a biologist for five years to ensure that the stream was recovering from the relocation.

“The natural areas of the New Johnsonville facility are very enjoyable to walk past when outdoors. Since the stream was relocated during the plant expansion, it has been great to see it become an established habitat for native Tennessee species,” said James Murphree, MATHESON’s Director of Environmental Compliance.

Each habitat is unique for both beauty and function. The New Johnsonville facility’s natural habitat area meets the NWF requirements by providing seeds, nuts, berries, sap, foliage, and pollen, and the stream running through the property provides a water source for a variety of birds, mammals, fish, insects, reptiles, and amphibians.

“Providing a home for wildlife in our communities – whether it’s at home, or in schools, businesses, or parks – is the demonstration of a healthy and active ecosystem. There is no more rewarding way to stay connected to nature right outside your door,” said David Mizejewski, naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation.

The MATHESON property contains several habitats, including mature trees, dense shrubs, and wetlands. The diversity of plant life at MATHESON adds to its distinctive atmosphere.