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58 • ROCK products • April 2018 www.rockproducts.com ENVIRONMENT The team at the Vulcan Materials Co.'s Grandin Sand Plant in Melrose, Fla., earned Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) Con- servation Certification for its commitment to managing a 14.4-acre on-site rookery. Vulcan partnered with the Santa Fe (Fla.) Audubon Society to identify and inventory the birds that utilize the rookery. To date, 85 species of birds have been identified with more than 3,500 birds using the rookery during peak season. The rookery is a unique avian habitat in Florida and is located adjacent to an active construction aggregates operation. "The Grandin Sand Plant is recognized as meeting the strict requirements of WHC Conservation Certification," said Mar- garet O'Gorman, president, WHC. "Companies achieving WHC Conservation Certification, like Vulcan, are environmental leaders, voluntarily managing their lands to support sustain- able ecosystems and the communities that surround them." The facility is one of 44 WHC-certified Vulcan sites. "Being good environmental stewards means conducting operations in a way that ensures air, water and wildlife are Vulcan's Grandin Sand Plant Earns WHC Certification Vulcan Materials Co. environmental specialist Traci Johns (right) observes birds with the Santa Fe (Fla.) Audubon Society at a 14.4-acre rookery at the Grandin Sand Plant. What is the Wildlife Habitat Council? The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) promotes and certifies habitat conservation and management on corporate lands through partnerships and education. At WHC, they believe that every act of conservation matters. Whether it's a small pollinator garden or a com- plex wetlands restoration, each and every conservation action contributes to the collective positive outcome for the environment. WHC programs translate corporate sustainability goals and objectives into tangible and measurable on-the- ground actions. Through a focus on building collaboration for conservation with corporate employees, other con- servation organizations, government agencies and community members, WHC programs focus on healthy ecosystems and connected communities. For more information, go to www.wildlifehc.org. protected today and for future generations," said Traci Johns, a Vulcan environmental specialist. "This is a great example of partnership between mining and a highly reputable citizen science group working together to achieve common goals for environmental conservation." The rookery is developed in a former sand mining pit on Vul- can's site. In 2004, sand mining operations ceased in the area specific to the rookery. Vulcan is committed to preserving and protecting the rookery and is working to establish formal protections through additional coordination with govern- ment agencies. "It is incredibly exciting to observe 2,000 spectacular birds land in front of us at such a unique site," said Laura Berkelman, president, Santa Fe Audubon Society Inc. "More importantly for us is the contribution we can make to this rare refuge and breeding site. These sites are vital for the resiliency and sustainability of the remaining populations of uncommon and threatened birds. We are proud to partner with Vulcan to help this conservation project and, indirectly, the $2.7 bil- lion wildlife-viewing industry and 44,000 jobs for our fellow Floridians while helping the birds we love. It's gratifying to see Vulcan's appreciation for this site." Vulcan's Grandin Sand Plant provides construction aggre- gates that form the building blocks for Northeast Florida's roads, bridges, homes and more.

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