Vulcan Materials Co. demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship by achieving Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) Conservation Certification at two North Carolina quarries – Pineville and Hendersonville.
The Pineville Quarry in Charlotte, N.C., produces construction aggregates for use in the local market for commercial and public construction projects. More than 50 acres are managed for active habitat projects such as a butterfly pollinator garden, bluebird and other songbird and avian habitats. The site also includes grasslands, floodplain forest and wetlands that are home to many native wildlife and plants.
The quarry has been a certified habitat site since 1993 and plays an important role for wildlife habitats in the growing urban environment of the Charlotte region.
“The Pineville Quarry is one of 177 programs recognized this year as meeting the strict requirements of WHC Conservation Certification,” said Margaret O’Gorman, president, WHC. “Companies achieving WHC Conservation Certification, like Vulcan Materials, are environmental leaders, voluntarily managing their lands to support sustainable ecosystems and the communities that surround them.”
Vulcan also achieved WHC Conservation Certification for its wildlife habitat at the Hendersonville Quarry in Hendersonville, N.C.
The Hendersonville Quarry has had an established certified wildlife program since 1995 and added an educational component in 2001. There are 30 acres of forest on the property that are home to multiple native plants and a variety of wildlife including native birds and mammals.
A 1,200-sq.-ft. learning center is located on the property as well as a mile of nature trails. The quarry produces construction aggregates for use in the local market for commercial and public construction projects.
The staff is involved in providing tours and demonstrations that show the important connection between industry and the environment. The grounds and trails are maintained to allow the visitors to enjoy the forest while still maintaining a natural forest landscape.
“We are proud of our employees’ efforts to demonstrate our company’s commitment to environmental stewardship in the communities in which we operate,” said Martin Thorpe, president of Vulcan’s Mideast Division. “Well-managed environmental stewardship programs and partnerships such as those at our Pineville Quarry and Hendersonville Quarry benefit us all.””
The Wildlife Habitat Council promotes and certifies habitat conservation and management on corporate lands through partnerships and education. WHC Conservation Certification programs take corporate sustainability goals and objectives and translate them into tangible and measurable on-the-ground actions.
Through a focus on building collaboration for conservation with corporate employees, other conservation organizations, government agencies and community members, WHC programs focus on healthy ecosystems and connected communities. WHC-assisted wildlife habitat and conservation education programs are found in 45 states, the District of Columbia and 13 countries.