Bees & Trees
As climate changes and loss of habitat diminish natural ecosystems, it is more important than ever to support the many beneficial species that are threatened. According to the USDA, pollinators are essential to one third of human food crops as well as wild plant life propagation. Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, beetles, birds, and bats have been especially hard hit by modern farming techniques that rely on toxic pesticides that harm these beneficial creatures.
Working with groups like Global Tree Initiative (GTI), Quantum Loophole is advocating for rebuilding forest ecosystems in support of these important species.
The QL Bees & Trees Initiative is our action plan to join in this important effort. QL Bees and Trees means:
- Planting trees and pollinating plants
- Creating habitat favorable to pollinators
- Building biodiversity
- Monitoring success
Modern data center and digital infrastructure companies have an opportunity to lead the way in vital ecology support and restoration efforts. A data center community doesn’t have a lot of people, thus the Quantum Loophole objective is to enable our communities to be just as much a nature or wildlife preserve as it is a home for data.
Bees and Trees at Quantum Frederick
Our first action at our Frederick, Maryland site was the planting of native species trees to build a canopy and create understory habitat. We’ve tagged these trees so we can monitor their growth and success. As we move forward on this site, we’ll dedicate land to open space and afforestation projects that will revitalize the local ecosystem and provide support for pollinators and other native plants and animals.
Hand in hand with construction, our plans include resilient storm water management and abundant afforestation. We plan apiaries and other habitat support for pollinators and other important creatures. And central to afforestation efforts is planting native trees but also a variety of native plants.
Our tree planting priorities:
Berms and Trees Development
- Design around trees
- Relocate trees where possible
- Harvest trees for onsite reuse when 1 or 2 are not options
- Plant multifold more trees through afforestation and our berms and trees initiative
Berms are earthen mounds of soil and compost that help control water flows. Berms with trees can help shield the exterior community from the sites and sounds of the data center. Using native trees provides a natural viewscape and compliments the local ecology.
The idea and result is a digital ecosystem that exists among and in harmony with the land and environment we share as completely as possible.