RI Forest Conservators Organization Benefits from GZA Shareholder Grant Program

PROVIDENCE RI…ISSUED JUNE 26, 2015… The Rhode Island Forest Conservators Organization (RIFCO) was a recent beneficiary of GZA GeoEnvironmental’s Shareholder Grant Program.

William Fortune, Assistant Project Manager of the Providence Office, applied for the $2500 grant on behalf RIFCO, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and wise use of Rhode Island’s woodland resources. The grant funded RIFCO’s May 9th 2015 Woodland Summit. The event was a day-long technical conference open to the general public with a target audience of Rhode Island woodland owners. Topics covered included; the history and future of forests in the Northeast, forest health issues, climate change and RI forests, wildlife issues, promoting sustainable timbers markets and landowner government-assisted management programs.

“As a geoenvironmental company we are committed to the conservation of forests and we commend Bill on his dedication to the cause,” said William Hadge, President and CEO of GZA.  “We were pleased to learn from Bill how he was able to use the grant money to accomplish his goal of supporting RIFCO and educate private landowners on the benefits of conservation.”

The GZA Shareholder Grant Program was started three years ago as a way for the company to give back. Employees are invited to present a charitable cause or project for consideration. Each year four projects are chosen and are awarded a $2500 grant.  The selected employees then put together a presentation on how the grant was used and report at the company’s Shareholders Meeting.