Why Conservation Is Important To Us
The way we see it, every acre of land that we manage has potential beyond its primary use to our company. That’s why we are so dedicated to conserving our land promoting natural habitats, and using our surrounding as an educational tool. Through our partnership with the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) our conservation efforts have increased in recent years, and we look forward to seeing these programs grow. Without these projects, we wouldn’t have such a deep appreciation for the environment where we live and work. For that we are grateful.
The Wildlife Habitat Council
The goal of the Wildlife Habitat Council is to conserve and restore wildlife habitats that reside on corporate lands. Through projects big and small, their mission remains consistent – to create positive outcomes for our environment.
This is something we take seriously at Summit Materials, as our CEO, Tom Hill, sits on the board of the WHC. Through meaningful conservation projects, we hope to do our part in preserving our beautiful planet.
Our Conservation Projects
Summit Materials currently has five certified conservation projects as of 2015. Here’s a summary of what’s currently active:
● Continental Cement Davenport Plant currently has three projects, all of which have been certified since 2008. These include the East Prairie (6.6 acres), the West Prairie (3.3 acres), and the Pond and Wetland Area (5.8 acres).
● Continental Cement Hannibal Plant hosts environmental educational projects that give students access to 3,300 acres of land for exploring rock formations and identifying local species. Program involvement includes students from Northwest Missouri State University, Hannibal Lagrange University, and University of Missouri – Columbia. Additionally, local public and private k-12 grade students take part in site activities geared toward their curriculum and identified learning objectives. The program serves an average of 200-300 students per year.
● Hamm Companies: This project encompasses 43 acres of capped landfill, as well as 9 acres of pond and wetland. The objective of this project is to improve and increase the integrity and performance the landfill, its systems, and ultimately return this former quarry into a diverse native ecosystem for plants, animals, birds, and insects.
● Mainland Sand & Gravel: Located outside of Vancouver, BC along the Fraser River, this initiative is dedicated specifically to Osprey habitat. The quarry hosts three osprey platforms that were erected in 2014 and 2015. So far these efforts have provided two successful seasons of fledglings.
Conservation projects have become a great way for our company and our employees to meaningfully engage with our environment. We invite you to check out more about the WHC and our involvement with this organization at www.wildlifehc.org.
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