ITC Holdings

Wayland Warehouse

Wayland, Michigan, United States

Certified Silver through 2023

Project Name
Project Type
Rain Garden/Upland Garden
Landscaped
Wren/Chickadees
Avian
Native Pollinators
Pollinators
Green Infrastructure - Rain Garden
Green Infrastructure
About the Program
The ITC Holdings Wayland Warehouse is located in the rural town of Wayland, Michigan, in the headwaters area of the Rabbit River watershed. Conservation objectives for the site include improving water quality and wildlife habitat, increasing the quality and quantity of habitat for native pollinators and creating habitat for small cavity nesting birds to raise their young.

Practices and Impacts
  • A rain garden planted with native plants was created in 2011 to intercept the runoff from the warehouse facility roof  to decrease the pollutants entering the stormwater system. 
  • Native plants for the rain garden were selected specifically for their ability to tolerate fluctuating conditions, their aesthetic qualities and ability to attract wildlife, including pollinators. 175 native herbaceous flowering plants were planted in June 2012. An upland native garden was planted with 391 native plants in June 2016.
  • A variety of wildlife utilize the native landscaped area including bees, butterflies, grasshoppers, mosquitos, wasps, dragonflies, monarch caterpillar, house wren, crows, killdeer, house finch and American goldfinches.
  • ITC works closely with a Environmental Consulting Technology (ECT) to perform monitoring and a local landscaping company, MJA Landscape, to perform monthly maintenance of the rain garden and newly installed native upland garden. Maintenance consists of weeding, trimming and debris removal as needed.
  • Three 3-pipe stem bundle nesting structures intended for native bees were installed in the rain garden in June 2015. Many pollinators were observed visiting the native garden areas and the use of the native bee nesting structures also indicates that the site is used quite heavily. Approximately 95% of the tubes in the bee nesting structure were used from 2019-2021.
  •  Three nesting boxes previously installed in 2016 to target house wrens and black-capped chickadees continue to be monitored.  Only one nest box was utilized by a house wren in 2019 and two boxes in 2020.

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