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Page 66 of 101 ROCK products • January 2019 • 63 ENVIRONMENT Lehigh Hanson Inc. announced that its Hanson Aggregates Marlboro Sand & Gravel site in Bennettsville, S.C., has donated approximately 200 acres of reclaimed mining property to Carolina Waterfowl Rescue (CWR), a non-profit wildlife rescue organiza- tion that provides sanctuary, rescue and rehabilitation for wildlife, farmed and exotic animals. Carolina Waterfowl Rescue provides care to more than 1,000 birds a year covering close to 40 different wild bird species. The donated property will be used to provide a natural and controlled habitat, called a rookery, to rehabilitate injured waterfowl. Lehigh Hanson is committed to operat- ing in a safe, responsible and sustainable manner. Part of that commitment includes developing reclamation plans for mining sites that include biodiver- sity enhancement recommendations that align with community needs and have a positive impact on the existing habitats and natural ecosystems. The reclamation of the Airport Mine prop- erty at the Hanson Aggregates Marlboro Sand & Gravel site is a great example of this type of reclamation. Mining activities at the Airport Mine ceased in 2012. Per the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmen- tal Control (SCDHEC) requirements, the property must be reclaimed. Since the area was already a natural habitat for a variety of wildlife, management at Hanson Aggregates began to explore ideas that would further add to its eco- logical value. The Airport Mine's deposit at Marl- boro was predominantly mined using a dragline, which created very long, thin and steep finger islands surrounded by water. These finger islands make an excellent habitat for waterfowl due to the inability of predators such as coy- otes and foxes to access them. Known in bird circles as a rookery, this type of area also provides an excellent opportunity for birders to observe nests, nesting behavior and young birds, and they are also popular sub- jects for photography. Working closely with SCDHEC and CWR, the Hanson management team crafted a plan to further develop the former mining area with its natural rookery into a controlled area where CWR could release rescued birds that are still in recovery but no longer need hospitalization. Hanson also agreed to donate the land the rookery occupies to CWR so they can use it for their needs going forward. "From the very beginning, we knew we wanted to do something very special with this reclamation project," said Scott Dickson, vice president and gen- eral manager of Hanson Aggregates Southeast. "What we are doing at the Airport Mine site will not only satisfy our reclamation requirements, but will also provide a significant value to the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue organiza- tion and to the community at large." "We are excited about Hanson and Carolina Waterfowl's project," said Ron Munnerlyn, county administrator and economic developer for Marlboro County. "The Waterfowl Rescue site will quickly become an eco-tourism desti- nation benefiting both the wildlife and local economy here in Marlboro County. This project is further evidence of Han- son's long standing reputation and obvious commitment to being a good corporate citizen." "The land donated by Hanson Aggre- gates will provide a rookery for nesting birds and sanctuary for multiple types of wildlife," said Jennifer Gordon, executive director of Carolina Water- fowl Rescue. "The collaborative work that has been going on with Hanson Aggregates will provide many future environmental and educational ben- efits, including the establishment of a destination for bird watching as well as protection of local wildlife habitats and water sources." Lehigh Hanson Donates Reclaimed Mine to Carolina Waterfowl Rescue

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