Conservation Partner Profile: The Mosaic Company
The Tampa-based The Mosaic Company has been a strong supporter of conservation in Florida for many years as the world’s leading integrated producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash. It employs more than 13,000 people in six countries and participates in every aspect of crop nutrition development.
Its operations extend from the mine to the market. Phosphate is mined on Mosaic land in Central Florida, Peru and Brazil while its potash comes from Canada and New Mexico. It transforms those raw minerals into high-quality fertilizers and animal feeds, then markets and sells them around the world. Customers in the United States account for roughly half of all sales.
Mosaic is a young company, founded in 2004, but its roots go back to 1909 when entrepreneur Thomas Meadows became involved in phosphate mining in New Mexico and elsewhere. As is true for many American companies involved in natural resource extraction, Mosaic has worked hard to conduct its business with the least possible environmental impact and to give back to the places in which it works. Its employees, which include ecologists, biologists, and engineers, are committed to wise land stewardship and community involvement.
Mosaic has worked successfully to acquire and manage lands for the threatened Florida scrub jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens), including 1,000 acres of oak-shrub habitat in Manatee and Hillsborough counties to which scrub jays have been relocated from lands slated for development. Mosaic and its partners’ long-term stewardship of this population is yielding important information on habitat preference, nesting success, and population growth and will help ensure the Florida scrub jay is saved from extinction. Mosaic is also an industry leader in ecological restoration, developing techniques and technologies to safeguard adjacent Florida waterways from the effects of phosphate mining.
“Mosaic is home to passionate, hard-working conservationists for whom much of their work may go unknown or unnoticed, given the remote locations where it takes place,” said Raoul Boughton, Mosaic Ecologist. “But to stand back at the end of a project and see the wildlife and reclaimed habitats flourish is its own immeasurable reward. In my time with Mosaic, I’ve had the pleasure of assisting on wildlife corridor connections, strengthening our scrub jay program, and watching once straightened and sometimes drained streams spring to life again feeding critical watersheds. For me, to care for the land is to feed the soul. Our job is to do a better job for the next generation, and at Mosaic we’re proud to say we’re doing just that.”
The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida is grateful to The Mosaic Company for its support, and we look forward to working together in the future on a wide variety of conservation needs.