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Three Vulcan Quarries Recognized
for Environmental Excellence
THREE NORTH CAROLINA QUARRIES owned and operated by Vulcan Materials Company earned Wildlife Habitat
Council (WHC) Conservation Certifications, demonstrating their commitment to environmental stewardship. Gold
Hill Quarry, Hendersonville Quarry and Pineville Quarry were each recognized for their voluntary land management work to support wildlife habitats.
Gold Hill Quarry encompasses 400 acres in Gold Hill, a community located about an hour northeast of Charlotte.
The site boasts a wetland area and unique habitat for avian wildlife that native osprey, wood ducks and eastern
bluebirds use as migratory stopovers and breeding grounds.
The Hendersonville Quarry has a long-established wildlife program that was first certified in 1995 by the Wildlife
Habitat Council, and added an educational component to it in 2001. The 30-acre forest on the Hendersonville
quarry, about 25 miles south of Asheville, is home to native plants and a variety of wildlife. Nature trails and
staff-guided tours, along with a 1,200-square-foot learning center, help illustrate the connection between the
industry and the environment to the quarry's visitors.
Pineville Quarry, which takes up about 300 acres in Charlotte, has maintained a habitat certification since 1993.
Over 50 acres of the site 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 - essential
features in the city's rapidly-growing urban neighborhoods.
In total, Vulcan maintains 44 certified wildlife habitat sites across North America. The Wildlife Habitat Council
promotes and certifies habitat conservation and management on corporate lands through partnerships and education. NSSGA and the council share a commitment to the enhancement and restoration of wildlife habitats at
aggregates operations across the country. Learn more about the recently renewed partnership between NSSGA
and WHC at www.nssga.org.
Engineering and Technical Committee Offers Solutions
NSSGA'S ENGINEERING AND TECHNICAL Committee met
during the association's Annual Convention in Las Vegas to
provide workable solutions to the industry's challenges.
Committee Chair Darin Matson, president and CEO of
Rogers Group, Inc., said that committee members are working to encourage consistent design and product specifications between federal and state agencies. "Who better than
engineers from the aggregates industry to provide advice on
the correct use of our products? This committee will build
on existing relationships with federal and state agencies so
the end products-roads, bridges, buildings, runways, and
other critical infrastructure components-can be constructed
in the most efficient and economical way possible," he said.
High on the committee's priority list is working with the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to improve runway
design. It is difficult, if not impossible, for many of our members to produce aggregates that meet some of the current specifications for runway surface and base layers. Consideration
should be given in specifications for differences in the local
stone and stone sand and gravel geology without jeopardizing
the overall performance of the pavement structures.
"As we work with the FAA to revise its durable runway
specs, we encourage any engineers who are passionate about
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any issue to provide their knowledge and expertise to any
government agency involved with the built environment,"
The FAA runway issue is just one of many challenges that
the committee will address through expanding into taskforces
and subcommittees. Matson encouraged engineers with a
particular passion for a given issue to get involved and help
drive an agenda that strengthens the aggregates industry.
Matson also announced the addition of Randy Weingart,
former materials director at Luck Stone, of Richmond, Va.,
to the newly-created position of director of engineering
and technical policy at NSSGA. In this role, Weingart will
coordinate the efforts of the committee and serve as NSSGA's
point-of-contact for any members with technical or engineering questions.
The E&T Committee will next meet during the Legislative and
Policy Forum/Fall Board Meeting, on Sept. 25 in Washington,
D.C. The meeting will not only give engineers a chance to
discuss ongoing projects, but discuss industry challenges
with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and advocate for the proper
use of aggregates as the nation rebuilds its infrastructure.
For more information on the committee or to participate,
please contact Weingart at firstname.lastname@example.org.