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.
Groups like Pollinator Pathway (https://www.pollinator-pathway.org/) are advocating for rebuilding ecosystems in support of these important species.
The QL Bees and Trees Initiative is our action plan to join in this important effort. QL Bees and Trees means:
- Restoring creeks and waterways
- Planting trees and pollinating plants
- 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 / 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 hundreds of acres 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 restoring vitality to Tuscarora Creek and resilient storm water management to ensure stable and clean water sources. 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.
- 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 and Trees Initiative
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.