April 30, 2007

Planting trees in the community forest of the city of Aichach

Employees from Alcoa Fastening Systems are actively protecting the environment.

The NGO "Bund Naturschutz", Aichach, got tremendous support from employees of the company Alcoa Fastening Systems Aichach GmbH. It had been planned for a long time already to team up in for a project which would help the environment. In co-operation with Ms Schinder (1. Chairwomen of the NGO "Bund Naturschutz Aichach") and Ms. Baumgarnter as forester in charge, a suitable object was found quickly. It was decided to support the reforestation of the city forest in Aichach. The area in questions is called "Am Feichtel" and is located at the edge of the forest near the community of Untergriesbach, the citizens use it a lot to go for walks. Due to wind and bark beetles the spruces were severely damages and had to be removed, an area of about 0.22 ha was affected. Due to the missing trees at this space, the forest next to it was badly affected by wind so a reforestation was necessary.

Ten employees from Alcoa Fastening Systems met on Saturday morning and teamed up with 5 members of the NGO "Bund Naturschutz Aichach e.V." in order to mutually start working. The group managed to plant about 700 trees (Norway maple), together with the domestic bushes a new ecologically precious forest edge was created. The plants were provided by the City of Aichach. The work was supervised by Mr. Siegfried Völkle (standing in for the forester Ms. Baumgartner) and by Mr. Steppich (Company Forstdienst Augsburg) who also prepared the area prior to planting. Mr. Steppich was also responsible for watering the newly planted trees during the work.

After a short introduction by Mr. Völkl, who explained on how important such action is, and by Mr. Steppich who explained on how to plant trees and treat trees in the correct way, everybody was able to start. Teams of two people each dug out holes and planted the young trees. After 5 hours of hard work, it was accomplished and all of the 700 trees were planted. All participants were convinced that the hard work was worth it. In times of discussion on environmental issues and climate changes, the team acted instead of only participating at discussions. The team also agreed that the project would have been impossible without the professional and excellent preparation of Ms. Baumgartner and Mr. Steppich.

An additional bonus was handed to the NGO "Bund Naturschutz Aichach e.V.": a check from Alcoa Foundation in the amount of US$ 3,000. It was accepted by Ms. Schindler right on the spot. This grant was possible because this event was a so called ACTION project, one of the different programs offered by Alcoa Foundation. By means of this program ("ACTION" = Alcoans Coming Together In Our Neighbourhood) local charitable organizations are supported by the voluntary work of Alcoa employees. This work is honoured also by a grant from Alcoa Foundation to the NGO.

The ACTION with the NGO "Bund Naturschutz Aichach e.V." falls under the area of excellence "conservation and sustainability" and is the second voluntary event Alcoa employees from Aicach are supporting. The first one was the maintenance of a biotope last fall in co-operation with the NGOP Landschaftspflegeverband Aichach -Friedberg. Further events with regard to environmental protection will follow, promised Alcoa Fastening Systems Aichach GmbH. Also the support for NGO's dealing with education and health is planned. This year the employees from Aichach would like to do a voluntary event in the integrated kindergarten of the youth center St. Josef in the community of Schrobenhausen as well as supporting the NGO "Elterninitiative Krebskranker Kinder Augsburg e.V." which is helping kids who are suffering from cancer.




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