Fidelity Investments

Fidelity Investments, Smithfield, Rhode Island

Smithfield, Rhode Island, United States

Certified Gold through 2022

Project Name
Project Type
Forestry Management Project - ArborScope
Forest
Avian Project - Habitat Project
Grassland
Pollinator Garden - Habitat Project
Landscaped
Avian Project - Species Project
Avian
Eastern Wild Turkey - Species Project
Avian
Pollinator Garden - Species Project
Pollinators
Avian Project - Education Project
Awareness & Community Engagement
Eastern Wild Turkey - Education Project
Awareness & Community Engagement
Pollinator Garden - Education Project
Awareness & Community Engagement
Pollinator Garden - Invasive Species Management Project
Invasive Species Coordinated Approaches

About the Program

Fidelity Investment’s Corporate Office is tucked away in the woods of Rhode Island about 10 miles northwest of Providence. The site, located off I-295, hosts a myriad of actively managed habitats and species projects, including 400 acres of forests, 20 acres of grasslands and an acre of pollinator gardens. Overall, the site follows sustainable site design practices to provide habitat to wildlife and learning opportunities for their employees and community.

Practices and Impacts

  • The team manages 400 acres of forest, with the objective of maintaining diverse forest habitat as part of their sustainable campus standards. They maintain an inventory of 3,521 trees – including data for common name, DBH, condition class, maintenance tasks, and estimated value – with the assistance of Bartlett Tree Expert and Brightview Landscaping. They seek to double the number of trees in their inventory database in 2020.
  • Nearly twenty acres of grasslands are maintained on-site to conserve habitat for local populations of eastern bluebirds and tree swallows. Part of this work involves managing for invasive species, including mugwort, oriental bittersweet, autumn olive and multiflora rose. As of 2019, 98 species of grasslands plants were found in their grasslands, 37 of which were native to their targeted vegetative community. Assistance is provided by Brightview Landscaping with monitoring the grasslands & making recommendations for invasive species control.
  • Employees are regularly involved in maintaining nearly 1 acre of pollinator gardens, including an additional 0.1 acres that the team has installed since 2017. Together, employees spend more than 60 hours annually planting native species, transferring plants, removing invasive species, pruning trees and planting milkweed seeds.
  • Four new plant species were added to the pollinator gardens in 2019, all of which provide forage for butterfly species at different times throughout the year. In the past 3 years, monitors have observed 107 butterflies, representing 11 different species, in the gardens.
  • A composter was installed on campus in September 2018. Volunteers use the compost in the pollinator garden plant beds to retain moisture, suppress weeds and provide nutrients to plants.
  • In 2006, the team built 10 nest boxes for eastern bluebirds and tree swallows, with an additional two boxes added in 2012. These boxes provide safe shelter for breeding and nesting for the targeted species.
  • Predation from house wrens became an issue in 2018, with a rapid response from the conservation project team. After careful research, a wren guard was built and installed on Box #5. Additional methods for house wren protection will be developed in future breeding seasons.
  • All twelve boxes have been used by tree swallows and eastern bluebirds, with a nesting success rate of 69% and 80%, respectively. Since the project began in 2006, the team has observed 372 tree swallows and 259 bluebirds successfully fledging.
  • The population of eastern wild turkeys in Rhode Island has dropped since the 1990s. In alignment with plans made by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, employees monitor turkeys throughout the spring, summer and fall. Since the project began, there have been 115 turkey sightings, for a total of 246 hens and 814 poults.
  • Employees regularly contribute to educational activities both on-site and throughout the community, including Earth Day, Bring Your Child to Work Day, World Environment Day and the This is Smithfield event.
  • Students complete a worksheet to measure what they have learned at educational events. They label the different parts of the butterfly life cycle  — egg, larvae, chrysalis, and adult butterfly.

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