Results and Accomplishments
The 30-acre wildlife habitat area is known as Deer Park and includes an ADA accessible walking trail, pavilion and meditation area with an observatory to watch for deer and other wildlife dwelling in the area. The park hosts a large variety of native plants, animals and migratory birds, such as purple martins, eastern bluebirds and tree swallows. Students from nearby Civic Memorial High School have become a vital part of the wildlife management team along with BP employees. Biology students planted a native pollinator garden at Deer Park to further natural plant growth and use for their own studies as well. Interpretive materials are located throughout the area with descriptions of the local wildlife.
Among the innovative approaches used at the site are groundwater management zones and phytoremediation or use of plants with very high tolerance of certain pollutants to remove toxic elements from the soil. In addition, BP has committed to withdrawal of a sufficient amount of groundwater using a pump-and-treat system to ensure no contaminated groundwater flows off-site.
In 2001, BP achieved habitat certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council for these efforts at the site.