The Beede Waste Oil Superfund Site
Plaistow, New Hampshire, United States
Certified Gold through 2023
Cavity-Nesting Bird Boxes
Bat Habitat Enhancement Project
About the Program
ExxonMobil’s Beede Waste Oil Superfund Site is located in Plastow, New Hampshire, just north of the Massachusetts border. The 40-acre site is a former oil recycling facility that is undergoing soil and groundwater remediation. The site is predominately forested and includes a wetland and a stream that run through the eastern portion of the property. One acre is dedicated to habitat conservation and enhancement and is managed and monitored by the environmental team.
Practices and Impacts
- The Fairway was created in 2014 to provide natural habitat to native plant and animal species. The north and south sides of this grassland are adjacent to forest stands a wetland is located to the east.
- The team monitors the grassland during the growing season for native grasses, flowering plants and invasive species. The team uses data from monitoring to develop vegetation management plans for the following growing season.
- Two brush piles, located in the Fairway, provide shelter for small mammals. The team monitors the piles year-round and uses the data to manage the project. As a result of data analysis, the team relocated and rebuilt a brush pile in 2018.
- Three nest boxes for cavity nesting birds are located within the Fairway. The team monitors the boxes through out the breeding season. In 2018 the team partnered with local Girl Scouts to build sparrow spookers after invasive house sparrows, a threat to eastern bluebirds, tree swallows and black-capped chickadees, were observed at the boxes.
- Volunteers, Girl Scouts, and employees conduct bat surveys and monitor the bat condos for use. Data is shared with New Hampshire Fish and Game.
- Milkweed was planted in the Fairway to provide food for monarch caterpillars and butterflies. The team installed cages around the milkweed after monitoring indicated the plants needed protection from grazing. The project has achieved success as plants have doubled in numbers and a monarch caterpillar was documented on the host plant.
- A bat acoustic survey collected data on bat activity and identified bat species on-site. Two additional bat counts were conducted, with the help of scouts and other volunteers, to collect visual data on bat populations near installed bat condos.
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