Baton Rouge Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Program by W.R. Grace, Albemarle & Ethyl
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Certified Silver through 2022
Turtle Basking Platforms
Reptiles & Amphibians
About the Program
The W.R. Grace, Albemarle & Ethyl site is a chemical plant in Baton Rouge, LA. The project site is located less than a mile from the Mississippi River and about 6 miles north of Louisiana State University campus. The facility is operational and produces a broad range of catalysts and components for plastic products. The facility has a small lake on the property that the project team has focused most of their projects around. The proximity to an urban area and the critically important Mississippi River habitat make this a unique site and worth protecting the species and habitats that exist in the region.
Practices and Impacts
- The project team has one project that is on it's own, a 1/4 acre pollinator garden that the team cares for. Local pollinators have been spotted on the colorful flowers and the project team is attempting to diversify the flowers to encourage new species to visit.
- The project team has installed 6 Eastern Bluebird nesting boxes around the lake. They have documented eggs in the house demonstrating the usage of these boxes and hope to be able to spot the birds in the future.
- There are turtles in the small lake that the project team has focused their efforts on. The team installed two basking platforms that were immediately popular with the turtles and the team hopes to encourage usage by three native species.
- The site has had raptor poles in the lake for many years. The poles are a popular resting places for multiple species of bird including eagles and osprey. The project team hopes to expand on the design of the poles and install nesting platforms in the future.
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