NEWS RELEASES

FROM NATIVE HABITAT RESTORATION TO A MOTOCROSS PARK

Sand and gravel mining at our Pala site had been ongoing since the 1960s. Reclamation of the mine began in 1999. By 2006, we had reclaimed about 106 acres to native habitat in addition to channel improvements made to nearby Magee Creek. We performed the work pursuant to a preliminary Reclamation Plan that had been approved by the Pala Band of Mission Indians and the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1999 and finalized in 2004.

 

By 2006, as required by the Plan, we were about to begin work to restore the yet unreclaimed floor of the mine to native habitat. Instead, at the request of the Band, we worked together to transform the mined area into a new off-road Motocross Park to complement the Band's recreational features in the area. We completed the grading to accommodate the Park and then permanently closed the mine operations in late 2008.

 

The Park, run by Pala Raceway, opened shortly thereafter, in early 2009. Before work began both parties agreed on the requirement that the revised reclamation would maintain social, environmental and economic benefits. Socially, the Motocross Park would have significant benefits for the local communities as it complemented the Pala Band's Casino, Hotel and world class Skateboard Park in northern San Diego County, California. The Band and Vulcan also worked together to keep the project environmentally and economically sound.

 

By using the unreclaimed mine floor for the Park, the project would avoid impacts to sensitive species on the property. Using the already disturbed property rather than other property on the site (which would have required the purchase of mitigation property to offset for impacts) also made the Park an economically sound choice for the Band.

 

Additional cost savings to both parties resulted from not having to revegetate the mine floor, by rough grading of the site and by allowing the operator to take over the existing utilities (left over from the mining operation). Additional environmental benefits included providing a local alternative (close to urban areas) to off-roading in sensitive habitats, such as the adjacent San Luis Rey River, or to traveling to more distant recreational areas.

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From Native Habitat Restoration to a Motocross Park

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August 2009