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Crossroads Landfill

Norridgewock, Maine, United States

Certified Gold through 2023

Project Name
Project Type
Wood duck
Avian
European Starling
Invasive Species
About the Program
The Crossroads Landfill is located in south central Maine in the town of Norridgewock just south of the Kennebec River. This landfill is a waste management facility that hosts a variety of wildlife related projects from grasslands comprising of 175 acres to 344 acres of managed forest to 221 acres of wetland habitat. With help from local Boy Scouts and the USDA this site also supports several nesting box projects for wood ducks and eastern bluebirds while also controlling for invasive plants and birds like the European starling.

Practices and Impacts
  • The grasslands on site are mowed annually to maintain optimal grassland habitat for native pollinators and vegetation. With approximately 31 plant species, 12 avian, three mammal and four insect species identified in the grasslands in 2020, this project is proving to be a huge success.
  • Wood duck nest boxes on site provide breeding opportunities for wood ducks, while the placement of these boxes adjacent to the wetland habitats on site provide foraging opportunities for the fledglings once they hatch. This project also involves the local community by enlisting the efforts of Boy Scouts to build and maintain nesting boxes and the Sportsmen Club to hunt wood ducks on site. 
  • With the hopes of removing invasive plant species on site, the Crossroads Landfill team removes purple loosestrife, common reed and Japanese Knotweed throughout the site. Crossroads Landfill works with the Belgrade 7 Lakes Alliance to monitor 897 acres across the site for these invasive species. 
  • For the Boy Scouts Environmental Awareness project, local Boy Scouts gain hands-on-opportunities with avian nesting box projects to earn environmentally related merit badges by building and monitoring these boxes on site. 
  • Group tours and an annual clean up day conducted throughout the site provide public environmental awareness to the local community. Local residents, schools and the Belgrade 7 Lakes Alliance help with trash cleanup and invasive species education. 
  • In order to remove invasive European starlings on site, Crossroads Landfill works the the USDA to harass and deter these invasive species from competing with native species on site. The USDA conducts site wide bird surveys and have found European starlings numbers to be dwindling since this project's ince

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