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ExxonMobil Refining and Supply - ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Complex

Project #: 16867  –   Updated: December 22, 2015

Project Summary

ExxonMobil’s ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Complex is roughly 700 acres and includes the Baton Rouge Arboretum, Maryland Preserve, Mississippi River Front, Monte Sano Bayou Preserve, and the Sorrento Salt Dome Preserve sites. All located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, habitats on these sites include grasslands, forests, wetlands, and swamps. The team actively manages 493 acres for wildlife habitat which has been certified through the Wildlife Habitat Council since 2010.

The team at ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Complex team first installed a pollinator garden across 2 acres in 2009. Now, the team maintain...

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Location (by county):
East Baton Rouge Parish (LA)

Watersheds:
Bayou Sara-Thompson

Congressional Districts:
LA District 02

Bird Conservation Regions:
Mississippi Alluvial Valley

USFWS Regions:
Southeast Region

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ExxonMobil’s ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Complex is roughly 700 acres and includes the Baton Rouge Arboretum, Maryland Preserve, Mississippi River Front, Monte Sano Bayou Preserve, and the Sorrento Salt Dome Preserve sites. All located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, habitats on these sites include grasslands, forests, wetlands, and swamps. The team actively manages 493 acres for wildlife habitat which has been certified through the Wildlife Habitat Council since 2010.

The team at ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Complex team first installed a pollinator garden across 2 acres in 2009. Now, the team maintains 7 to 10 acres of wildflower fields and pollinator gardens. This includes native flowering shrubs and trees like red mulberry, which provide food sources for pollinators for longer periods than wildflowers. Additional tree plantings, focusing on creating nesting habitat for birds, have also occurred. First-year seedlings are installed with a growth guard, which protect young trees from deer and lawn mowers. Native species used in this project include honey locust, cherrybark oak, and water tupelo.

In addition to habitat projects, the team also provides education using nature trails, informational signs, and by participating in Pollinator Week activities. The team even developed an educational center at the arboretum called the Wildlife Education Building, which they use to hold team meetings and education classes.

In addition to habitat projects, the team also focuses on providing education to employees and the community. The team involves volunteers from the local community, such as scouts and schools, in each of its habitat projects. They also provide education using nature trails, informational signs, and by participating in Pollinator Week activities and clean up days. The team even developed an educational center at the arboretum called the Wildlife Education Building, which they use to hold team meetings and education classes.

The ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Complex’s education program, first certified in 2010, provides programs for local residents featuring the winding trails and trees that inhabit the arboretum property. The Wildlife Education Building, known as WEB, provides a gathering space for scouts, college students, employees and community members. Boy Scout Troop 391 assisted the Arboretum and Learning Center team in the construction of more than 50 bird boxes while meeting their own education goals for merit badges and community service.

The Arboretum and Learning Center's trails, tree plantings and wildflower areas were developed through a partnership with students and professors from Southern University's Urban Forestry Department. Students majoring in urban forestry gained hands-on experience applying information learned in the classroom to real world project design and implementation. The students saw their designs come to life, bringing new green space to a low income community. School age learners and other members of the local community now visit the trails to participate in the self-guided tour through the trees, wildflowers and other wildlife areas.

Employee volunteers sponsor a booth annually at the Baton Rouge Earth Day Festival. This event included a hands-on science demonstration for the visitors. The Educational Advisory Committee has also developed site specific curriculum to be used by teachers and students that visit the WEB. The lesson plans include activities with topics such as pollination, dichotomous keys, and water quality.

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Plant native trees and/or shrubs, herbs, forbs, grasses Show/Hide details
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ExxonMobil
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Primary Contact

Certification Department
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