Victorville Cement Plant
Victorville, California, United States
Certified through 2022
Oasis in the Desert - Butterfly Habitats
About the Program
The Victorville Cement Plant in Southern California was established in 1916 and underwent extensive expansions in 1997 and 2001. Today, it has the capacity to produce more than 3 million tons of cement annually to provide the building blocks for schools, roadways and homes across California, Nevada and Arizona. The facility has 1 acre of quality pollinator habitat for wildlife living in the Mojave Desert.
Practices and Impacts
- The Victorville team maintains two habitats as an oasis in the desert that attracts local pollinators and wildlife by providing essential food, water, and shelter.
- Each habitat area has some native desert plants to attract native wildlife. The project team has integrated a watering system to provide water for the vegetation and the wildlife.
- A trail cam has been set up in the Oasis habitat to capture wildlife using the area. The project team has observed a variety of both butterflies and bees using the butterfly habitat and they have plans to create a guide to help make identification of the butterflies easier for people conducting the monitoring.
- Native hollyhock is maintained as an egg-laying habitat for the painted lady butterfly.
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