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Bordeaux Landfill Property is now a Certified Natural Habitat

10/1/2013

Mayor Karl Dean and members of The Metro Council joined Metro Public Works at the old Bordeaux Landfill on Thursday, Sept. 26 to recognize Metro Government’s recent achievement in preserving the property as a natural habitat and receiving the prestigious Wildlife Habitat Council’s Wildlife at Work certification for the Bordeaux Landfill property.

Metro Public Works made a concerted effort, beginning in 2004, to plant native plants and grasses on the over 300 acre property. The Bordeaux Landfill opened in 1973 and accepted garbage for over 20 years before closing in 1996.

The certification criteria are stringent and programs must demonstrate that they have been active with a detailed management plan that documents the purposeful effort to remove invasive plant species and encourage the growth of native plants.

Currently, 16 native plants and 35 animal species call the closed landfill their home. Animal species living on the property include deer, rabbit, beaver, wild turkey, hawks, Kestrel, Bluebirds and turtles.

Bird on pipe in field of dry grassBull near some treesBordeaux Landfill, Cerified Wildlife at Work (Sign)Wild turkeys on a field of green grass