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WHC CERTIFIES TWO ADDITIONAL FACILITIES IN THE WEST REGION

Currently, Vulcan Materials Company has 43 facilities designated "Certified Wildlife Habitats" by the Wildlife Habitat Council. Seven of those facilities are located in the West Region. Our two most recent additions include:

 

San Emidio Quarry, Bakersfield, CA

 

Our San Emidio Quarry is located near the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley in Kern County, California. This site is surrounded by citrus orchards to the north, east and west. To the south the property borders the 95,000 acre Wind Wolves Preserve, the west coast's largest non-profit preserve, operated by the Wildlands Conservancy. The area is inhabited by numerous species of interest such as the California condor, San Joaquin kit fox, and Tule elk.

 

Vulcan maintains a close partnership with the Wind Wolves Preserve by providing financial support as well as providing materials, equipment, and manpower for the grading and repairs of roads and drainage pipes as well as landscaping on the preserve since 2010. San Emidio Quarry employees also assist in the Tule elk count each year and herd Tule elk off of the active aggregate operations back to the preserve to prevent injury. To enhance habitat for the state and federally endangered San Joaquin kit fox, the wildlife team help to construct dens for the foxes. Additionally, the wildlife team and the preserve work together to provide educational opportunities for local community groups and schools that focus on conservation and natural resource management.

 

The wildlife team also is dedicated to the removal of invasive species on site and helping to control the spread of these species onto the preserve. Currently, their efforts focus on tamarisk and yellow star thistle.

 

Pleasanton Sand & Gravel, Pleasanton, CA

 

Our Pleasanton Sand and Gravel plant covers 1,078 acres, of which 50 acres are managed for wildlife habitat. The predominant natural communities on site are non-native grassland and upland shrub. Scattered through the property are perennial and season wetlands, and open water with associated riparian habitat.

 

In 2001, the program was initiated with the planting of rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and flowering pear (Pyrus sp.) trees along the entrance road. Since then, this landscaped area has experienced an increase in the number and diversity of wildlife species. In an effort to increase awareness of the importance of mineral resources in everyday life and the measures taken to protect natural resources, the site decided in 2007 to educate the public by providing earth science and natural resource management tours to schools. As part of their project, they also produce and distribute an annual calendar of preserved and enhanced habitat from the site and the wildlife that inhabit them.

 

In 2009, the plant established an eradication program to control the spread of invasive weeds in the freshwater marsh habitat through manual removal, herbicide, and mowing. The area is monitored during growing season and infested areas treated as needed; so far they have noticed a reduction in the overall number of invasive plants! In 2011 the wildlife team worked with a local high school to build nest boxes for birds such as western bluebirds (Sialia cyrrucoides) and tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor).

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