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Wildlife Habitat Council Certify Five Cemex USA Sites

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The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) has certified five Cemex sites in the US in recognition of their management of wildlife enhancement and land conservation projects. The sites include cement plants in Ohio and Kentucky, the Clermont Sand Mine, Brooksville Quarry in Florida and the FEC Quarry.

In Ohio, a wildlife management strategy has been in place since 2007, encouraging both employees and the local community to help restore and conserve the wetlands, grasses and prairies in the area. There has also been a focus on protecting the original site’s native biodiversity by eradicating the damaging Kudzu weed.

The Kentucky site worked in partnership with the Broadbent Wildlife Sanctuary on a wildlife release and rehabilitation project. 1000 sapling trees were also planted as part of a reforestation initiative.

Environmental education centres and outdoor classrooms have been set up at the Clermont Sand Mine, FEC and Brooksville Quarries as part of the WHC’s ‘Corporate Lands for Learning’ programme. Each year, more than 3500 visitors attend the educational programmes at these three sites.

Speaking of the awarded certification from the WHC, Karl Watson Jr., President of Cemex USA, said: “Cemex’s partnership with this organisation provides a valuable opportunity to engage our team and our community in wildlife enhancement and land stewardship initiatives, while fostering awareness of how industry and natural habitats can coexist.”

Quarry rehabilitation plans have been set up for 82% of Cemex’s active sites around the world. The company’s aim is to increase this figure to 100% by 2015. 

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