Lehigh Hanson selected the New Windsor Quarry in Maryland and Cadomin Quarry in Alberta, Canada, as the winners of the 2018 Quarry Life Award for North America. The winners were recognised at a celebration dinner in Irving Texas.
The competition focuses on mining sites and the need to raise awareness about the biological value of mineral extraction sites worldwide.
The judges comprised Lehigh Hanson’s Patrick James, Tom Chizmadia, Sophie Mullen and Tim Matz along with Dr. Sue Grayston, a professor from the University of British Columbia and Margaret O’Gorman, president of the Wildlife Habitat Council. They chose the following proposals:
1st Place: The Co-Existence of a Threatened Population of Grizzly Bears with Quarry Mining in Alberta, Canada (Cadomin Quarry).
Gordon Stenhouse, fRI Research, Research Scientist and Program Lead, Grizzly Bear Program; Anja Sorensen, fRI Research, Research Staff; Isobel Phoebus, fRI Research, Research Staff.
2nd Place: Ruling The Roost: Developing Thermally Optimal Roosts to Enhance Microbat Population Biodiversity (Cadomin Quarry).
Dave Critchley, Program Chair and Restoration Ecologist, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology; Jenna Hlewka, Student, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology; Ronnie Caron, Student, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Tom Chizmadia, senior vice president of government affairs and communications, says: “The winning proposals clearly demonstrate the spirit of the program and its emphasis on managing biodiversity at our quarry sites. It was a pleasure working with this year’s participants.”