FRESNO, Calif., Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Vulcan Materials Company, Western Division's Rank Island Reclamation to Wildlife Habitat Project along the San Joaquin River in Fresno, California, today was recognized by the State of California Department of Conservation Office of Mine Reclamation (OMR) with the 2011 Award of Excellence in Reclamation. Vulcan Materials Company, Western Division, is renowned for its award-winning environmental stewardship, including using state-of-the-art natural resource restoration techniques that provide critical habitat for sensitive species as well as incorporating energy saving practices and technologies.
The award was presented today to Vulcan at the annual California Construction and Industrial Materials Association conference taking place in Monterey, California. The selection committee included the State Mining and Geology Board (SMGB) and the OMR.
"Vulcan Materials is committed to responsible stewardship of the land," said Alan Wessel, president of Vulcan's Western Division. "We have built a strong reputation as a leader in environmental stewardship, and this prestigious recognition by OMR further demonstrates Vulcan and its employees' efforts to social responsibility and sustainability."
Added Steve Grace, Manager of Business Development and Permitting, Central and Northern California, "Rank Island is a special place with unique opportunities. Vulcan's commitment through time and funding ensures this site will continue to be reclaimed properly and with great care for its rich diversity of natural resources. It has become a labor of love for us and it has turned into a beautiful place."
Responsible stewardship at Vulcan's River Rock project site has been in practice since 1988 through adherence to the principle of balanced management of natural resources. Balanced management is achieved by following the overall goals to preserve, recover, and enhance: preservation of unique natural resources (valley oak woodland and mixed riparian forest on Rank Island and along the river), the recovery of the natural resource (aggregate) that provides construction materials, and the enhancement of the land that is utilized through reclamation to wetlands and wildlife habitat.
About Vulcan Materials Company
Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE: VMC), a member of the S&P 500 index, is the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates and a leader in the production of hot-mix asphalt and ready-mixed concrete.
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SOURCE Vulcan Materials Company