Fairfax Assembly and Stamping Plant

Project #: 260537  –   Updated: March 28, 2016

Project Summary

The Fairfax Assembly and Stamping Plant is a 580-acre property located in Kansas City, Kansas. The General Motors Company acquired the property in 1987 and now uses it for car assembly. The site is mostly covered by turf lawn with some tree and shrub cover. The surrounding area consists of commercial and industrial development, as well as undeveloped fields, some of which is used for soybean farming. The Missouri River borders the site to the north and east. Roughly 20 on-site employees are involved with wildlife habitat enhancement efforts, earning the program certification in 2015.

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Location (by county):
Wyandotte County (KS)

Watersheds:
Independence-Sugar

Congressional Districts:
KS District 03

Bird Conservation Regions:
Eastern Tallgrass Prairie

USFWS Regions:
Mountain Prairie Region

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The Fairfax Assembly and Stamping Plant is a 580-acre property located in Kansas City, Kansas. The General Motors Company acquired the property in 1987 and now uses it for car assembly. The site is mostly covered by turf lawn with some tree and shrub cover. The surrounding area consists of commercial and industrial development, as well as undeveloped fields, some of which is used for soybean farming. The Missouri River borders the site to the north and east. Roughly 20 on-site employees are involved with wildlife habitat enhancement efforts, earning the program certification in 2015.

Starting in April of 2013, the team enlisted the help of True North Outdoor in the installation of a large garden of native plants adjacent to the main entrance of the site’s administration building. The team incorporated numerous beneficial native plants including prairie dropseed, purple coneflower, mountain mint, showy goldenrod, pin oak, showy milkweed and spider milkweed. The dense coverage of these beneficial species provides food and cover for birds and insects, including the iconic monarch butterfly, which the team is targeting with the milkweed species. With the help of consultants from Applied Ecological Services, the team continues to take steps to improve the establishment of the milkweed species, which has struggled in the wet conditions of the garden. The team has already removed the drip irrigation system from the garden are is considering planting other milkweed varieties that are more tolerant of moist soils.

In July of 2013, the team conducted a site inventory for invasive plant species could compete with native plants and reduce the benefits of their native garden. They now frequently weed the garden by hand as an alternative to harmful chemical approaches, removing species such as knotweed, bindweed, prickly lettuce and horse weed.

To celebrate Earth Day in April of 2014, the team hosted a nest box building event for students from Douglass Elementary and installed one of the boxes in the garden to provide a cavity nest location for songbirds.

The response to the garden has been overwhelmingly positive and employees are already planning to install similar gardens elsewhere on the property. The team is also considering expanding their nest box project.

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Other: Wildlife at Work Show/Hide details
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Landscape with native species Show/Hide details
Establish artificial dens/nests/roosts Show/Hide details
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Plant native trees and/or shrubs, herbs, forbs, grasses Show/Hide details

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Organization

General Motors Company
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Primary Contact

Certification Department
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