THE CAJON CREEK CONSERVATION AREA
We recognize that when mining and processing construction aggregates in urban settings, we have a responsibility to include in our business plans both sensitivity and commitment to conserving open space and native habitat. In 2009, our efforts to achieve this balance were recognized when we received the "Wildlife at Work" certification for our conservation efforts in San Bernardino, California from the Wildlife Habitat Council, a nonprofit group of corporations, conservation organizations, and individuals dedicated to restoring and enhancing wildlife habitat.
The Cajon Creek Conservation Area is just one of a number of creative conservation projects that we have undertaken to meet this challenge together with the support and partnership of federal, state, and local wildlife agencies, as well as local conservation groups. The site, which has been designated as containing regionally significant construction aggregates also includes rare Riversidian Alluvial Fan Sage Scrub, which is home to over 100 native species, including 24 that are listed and protected in California. The Conservation Area includes mining and ongoing reclamation and encompasses approximately 2,169 acres, of which more than 1,460 acres (nearly 70% of the site) are being managed as wildlife habitat.
This operation is an example of our efforts to provide for Southern California's present construction aggregate needs, while enhancing and protecting a six-mile wildlife habitat corridor within a highly urbanized area. Recognizing that our neighbors, informed as to the value and fragility of this natural area, are critical to protecting it, we included a community outreach component to our management program. This program informs neighbors about the Conservation Area, including educational outreach to elementary school students. In the process of implementing the formal management program approved by the wildlife agencies, we have emphasized to our own employees the importance of wildlife protection leading directly to the rescue of the owls on our property.
The mining facility on the property removes and processes sand and gravel and produces asphaltic and ready-mixed concrete. When we finish mining, we reclaim the area as wildlife habitat. Areas that are not mined are managed to control access to the conservation area. We have been working in conjunction with wildlife agencies, local schools, and colleges in an effort to help educate the community on the importance of the habitat. We have also made efforts to relocate sensitive species such as the San Bernardino kangaroo rat prior to any mining activities that may cause disturbance.
The Cajon Creek Conservation Area
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