Former Combat Troops Help Endangered Species

Jun 18, 2013, 16:10 ET from Business Matchmaking

LOS ANGELES, June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This is the second in a series of reports by Business Matchmaking about companies "doing well, while doing good."

The late Johnny Carson once said, "With all the pressures around us, maybe we should be on the list of endangered species."

Man is not among the 289 threatened and endangered animal and plant species in California alone. But, one construction company is dealing efficiently with their protection since killing, injuring, capturing or even harassing one can be extremely costly.

Tens of thousands of dollars in fines and, in some cases, job shutdowns loom when trucks roll in an area where desert tortoises quietly survive.  The same would be true if the victim was a bald eagle, certain birds, beetles or butterflies, garter snakes, red-legged frogs or the essential plants in the state's wetlands that make a major contribution to California's environmental survival.

Par Electrical Contractors, Inc. is approaching its 60th year as a leading outside electrical contracting company. It is one of the founding four companies that created Quanta Services, one of the world's most respected construction combines.

In California, PAR has launched an initiative that enables it to effectively and efficiently fulfill its construction obligations, protect the environment and, at the same time, support a cause that is paramount to their civic commitment.

"We are determined to create opportunities for veterans, including disabled veterans, whenever possible.  First, it is the right thing to do for those who have served our country.  At the same time, military training provides vets with a wide range of skills and discipline that helps us take care of business on time, on budget and without environmental consequences," said Stephen Adams, Exec. VP of PAR Electrical Contractors for California and the rest of the western region of the country.

As part of a major project for Southern California Edison, PAR targeted a 100% safety record for the endangered desert tortoises that roamed on the California-Nevada border where a herd of trucks and other equipment were in action.  Since Southern California Edison already enjoyed a reputation for providing jobs and contracts for veterans whenever possible, the PAR plan was quickly adopted.

As a result, a platoon of veterans and others, including women and disabled, found themselves searching for the tortoises as trucks rolled in the same manner they had identified IEDs in a combat situation when troops were on the move.   

During the 8 months on the job, despite Mother Nature's camouflage, the environmental security force from M.A. Steiner Construction made sure there was no population reduction caused by the PAR Construction team at this important Southern California Edison project. The Steiner firm, a service-disabled veteran owned company, has now been asked to expand its reach and assist PAR in protecting wetland plant life from trespassers.

PAR's creation of its own environmental security team is being studied with high interest by companies around the country. With so much money and environmental dangers at risk, the prospect of former combat troops identifying endangered animals and plants to avoid costly accidents is being taken very seriously.

SOURCE Business Matchmaking