Clinton NJ Facility
Annandale, New Jersey, United States
Certified Silver through 2022
Cavity nesting avian species
Allometric measurements and Species Identification
About the Program
The ExxonMobil Research and Engineering (EMRE) Technology Center lies in a traditionally rural area of Clinton, NJ that has experienced increasing urbanization. The project site is 400 acres with a mix of different land covers. It includes actively farmed fields, grasslands, historically maintained mowed areas, and multiple ponds. The program conserves and restores habitat by planting native plants, removing invasive species, and adding breeding sites for native species. It also seeks to engage Exxon Mobile's employees in active ecological projects and to educate them about habitat and species conservation.
Practices and Impacts
- Nesting Areas for Cavity Nesting Birds: The team installed 19 birdhouse for Eastern bluebirds, house wrens, and tree swallows. These birdhouses provide vital breeding and nesting sites for native birds that have been in decline due primarily to habitat loss. They closely observed the birds nesting and saw many fledlings successfully emerge from the birdhouses.
- Invasive Species Control: The team removed multiple acres of invasive Russian olive plants from a field on the site. By removing these harmful plants, the team allowed native grasses and milkweed to grow, and they helped to slow down further spread of the invasives. The improved habitat will provide resources to the many native animal species on the site.
- Forest Inventory: In order to prepare for future management, the team surveyed the 84 acres of forest on the site. Through a combination of satellite monitoring and on-the-ground tree diameter measuring, the team was able to analyze the forests plant makeup and to estimate the amount of carbon sequestered in the forest.
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