Saginaw Valley Landfill

Saginaw, Michigan, United States

Certified Silver through 2022

Project Name
Project Type
Native and Prairie Grasses
White Tail Deer and other Mammals
Pollinator Garden and Native Forbs
About the Program
The Saginaw Valley Landfill consists of a mosaic of two restored grassland sites, a pond and associated swales and ditches on a restored landfill outside of Saginaw Michigan. The grasslands, consisting of a 6 acre and 1 acre site, are actively managed as a grassland habitat for grassland birds and pollinators.  The one acre site also contains a small pollinator garden planted specifically to meet the needs of native pollinators.  The pond serves as both a water source and habitat for native fauna.

  • Initially the grassland sites were over-run were by Canada thistle. The sites were mowed in 2017, and sprayed with herbicide the fall of 2018. Subsequent drainage work used native grass and forb seed to restore the disturbed areas.
  • In 2019, soil sampling indicated a need for lime to amend the soil and 7 tons of lime were added to the two main native grass habitats.  Both sites were mowed and 2019 and 2020
  • In 2020 the two grassland habitats were seeded with two new blends of native grass and forbs.
  • Plant and avian inventories are conducted on both sites annually. 
  • The pond itself is unmanaged although adjacent waterways are mowed in an effort to control phragmites.
  • Annual monitoring of birds and mammals using the pond does occur.
  • Adjacent drainage ditches have been cleaned to improve water flow and minimize sedimentation to the pond.  The pond itself will be evaluated to determine the need for dredging after the breaching of a nearby dam.
  • Monitoring for phragmites and subsequent herbicide applications are conducted.