Vulcan quarries recognized for environmental excellence

By |  April 5, 2017

Vulcan Materials Co.’s Gold Hill Quarry, Hendersonville Quarry and Pineville Quarry achieved Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) Conservation Certifications for their commitment to environmental stewardship.

The company’s Gold Hill Quarry site encompasses 400 acres in Gold Hill, North Carolina. According to Vulcan, the quarry produces construction aggregate for use in the local market for commercial and public construction projects. The habitat includes many native plant species and a wetland area, and it is home to native osprey, wood ducks and eastern bluebirds that use the land for breeding grounds.

“The Gold Hill Quarry is one of 177 programs recognized this year as meeting the strict requirements of WHC Conservation Certification,” says Margaret O’Gorman, president of WHC. “Companies achieving WHC Conservation Certification, like Vulcan Materials Company, are environmental leaders, voluntarily managing their lands to support sustainable ecosystems and the communities that surround them.”

The Hendersonville Quarry, located in Hendersonville, North Carolina, has had an established certified wildlife program since 1995 and added an educational component in 2001. According to Vulcan, the quarry has 30 acres of forest on the property that are home to multiple native plants and wildlife. The quarry features a 1,200-sq.-ft. learning center on the property, and the staff provides tours and demonstrations that show how the industry and environment are connected.

Vulcan Materials’ Pineville Quarry, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, includes about 400 acres, with more than 50 of them managed for active habitat projects, such as a butterfly pollinator garden and bird habitats. According to the company, the Pineville Quarry has been a certified habitat since 1993 and includes grasslands, a floodplain forest and wetlands that are home to a number of native wildlife and plants.

The Wildlife Habitat Council promotes and certifies habitat conservation and management on corporate lands through partnerships and education.

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