Lafarge receives habitat conservation award, US

Lafarge receives habitat conservation award, US
Published: 01 December 2008

Employees at Lafarge North America Inc.’s Harleyville Cement Plant received international recognition for their contributions to wildlife habitat conservation at the Wildlife Habitat Council’s 20th Annual Symposium, 20/20 Vision: Celebrating the Past, Looking to the Future.

Lafarge North America Inc. demonstrates its commitment to environmental stewardship and increasing native biodiversity by achieving habitat recertification at the Harleyville Cement Plant.

"This year, our 20th anniversary, WHC celebrates two decades of solid leadership and on-the-ground achievements by our members in wildlife habitat preservation and conservation education," said Robert Johnson, WHC president. "WHC members are continuing to lead the way to further define and demonstrate how corporations can use their lands to preserve our biodiversity, while preparing new generations through conservation education to understand how to be better leaders and managers for tomorrow’s sustainable businesses and communities. Congratulations to Lafarge North America Inc. for their volunteer-based efforts to preserve the biodiversity of their community and the world, and to connect people to nature."

The Harleyville Cement Plant is located northwest of Charleston. The site is dominated by forested areas and wetlands and contains vegetation typical of the Lowcountry. The site’s 1,100 acres are divided among the quarry and manufacturing plant, leased agricultural fields, a 235-acre wetland area and over 100 acres devoted to habitat improvement projects. The wildlife habitat management plan at the Harleyville Cement Plant focuses on three objectives: conserving pollinators, improving native bird habitat and providing nest sites for native waterfowl.