Toyota Motor North America
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia Inc.
Buffalo, West Virginia, United States
Certified Gold through 2022
Wildflowers and Pollinator gardens
Awareness & Community Engagement
About the Program
Toyota Motor North America – Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia Inc. (TMMWV) site encompasses nearly 40 acres in Buffalo, West Virginia, alongside the Kanawha River and approximately 30 miles northwest of Charleston. It consists of facilities for building engines and transmissions for Toyota vehicles. The site contains a variety of habitats maintained to benefit local wildlife, including 26 acres of forest habitat, almost 12 acres of wetland habitat, rocky areas and a wildflower and pollinator garden. The TMMWV team actively manages the 1.5-acre wildflower and pollinator garden to benefit local pollinators, birds and bats, as well as provide education and engagement to the local community.
Practices and Impacts
- As part of the Wildflowers and Pollinator gardens project, the TMMWV team maintains 1.5 acres to expand pollinator habitat in areas that were disturbed by construction of the Toyota facility. The team partners with The Davey Tree Expert Company to seed pollinator beds and apply herbicide treatments to control tall grasses. Team members regularly engage employees in the monitoring of insect pollinators in the habitat. The team recently replanted the pollinator beds and has observed successful plant growth and pollinator use in the grassy areas surrounding the beds.
- The TMMWV team installed 12 new bird houses built by students at Hometown Elementary School, and a purple martin house, to provide nesting habitat and shelter to local songbirds. The team also installed pollinator insect boxes built by students at Hurricane High School and bird baths to provide food and water sources. Volunteer employees engage in monitoring of birds and insects by entering information in Critter Cards, a citizen science app. Team members have observed an overall increase in the number of bird and insect species present in the habitat.
- In their Raptor Nesting project, team members engaged Davey Tree to build and install owl boxes and a raptor platform to provide nesting areas for native raptor species. Employee volunteers and visitors monitor the structures using Critter Cards. The team has observed a variety of raptors on site.
- The TMMWV team also maintains bat houses to provide nesting habitat and shelter for local bat populations. The team regularly engages employees to perform monthly monitoring of the bat houses for evidence of use and to conduct call surveys. The team has not yet observed bats nesting in the houses but has observed some evidence of habitation.
- The TMMWV team works to educate the local community by maintaining a walking trail around the on-site habitats and displays educational signage along this trail. The team also has constructed an outdoor classroom, which they use to engage local schools. Davey Tree staff and WVU graduate students help to create the curriculum and teach during school visits. Team members have created a mobile application for all visitors to use to record observations of wildlife and conditions in the habitats.
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