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King George County Landfill

King George, Virginia, United States

Certified through 2022

Project Name
Project Type
Site tours and community engagement
Awareness & Community Engagement
Purple Martin Monitoring
Avian
About the Program
The King George County Landfill is located in the town of King George in Northeastern Virginia just south of the Potomac River. This landfill is part of Waste Management's corporate Wildlife Habitat Conservation goal of sustaining 2,000 acres of habitat through 2038 and is contributing to this goal with the installment of purple martin houses, a pollinator garden consisting of native species, and an educational program in the form of tours for high school and elementary students. 

Practices and Impacts
  • Purple martin nesting houses were installed in 2019 and are monitored weekly throughout the breeding season. Boxes are cleaned and protected after the breeding season in August/September of each year. No purple martins were observed utilizing boxes within this first breeding season possibly due to bluebird use of boxes, so bluebird boxes will be installed near purple martin boxes to decrease competition.
  • Native plant species were planted in 2019 in a small 210 square foot pollinator garden (Lanceleaf Coreopsis, Plains Coreopsis, Partridge Pea, Maryland Senna and Oxeye Sunflower). The garden is monitored for native plant success and pollinator presence weekly to monthly. Success of this garden was demonstrated with three orders of insects observed in 2019 and four in 2020 (dragonflies, bees, flower flies and butterflies).
  • Landfill personnel conduct landfill tours for elementary and high school students. These tours focus on wildlife preservation and environmental protection at this landfill as well as the pollinator garden and purple martin project on site. Pre and post tour quizzes that are administered show that these educational objectives are met.

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