SILVER SPRING, MD, January 5, 2021 – Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) offers a new white paper available for download today, Conservation and Community Through Site-Specific Reclamation – End uses that encourage native species prosperity and connect to local and regional needs. The white paper is sponsored by Chemours and is available for free on our website.
The white paper explores the ways in which companies can exceed regulatory reclamation requirements after their extraction, processing or disposal activities have ceased in an area. The programs featured in the paper have used mandatory reclamation work to support voluntary habitat and community engagement projects, including:
- Albemarle: Kings Mountain Pollinator Habitat
- CEMEX: Lipówka Quarry Restored to Nature and Canteras Norte, Sur, Zona 3 y Zona 4
- Covia Holdings Corporation: Dividing Creek
- Dow Chemical Company: Sault Ste. Marie
- ExxonMobil: Joliet Refinery
- Freeport-McMoRan: Henderson Operations
- Summit Materials: Hamm Sanitary Landfill
- Vulcan Materials Company: Azusa Rock
It’s hard to find a human activity that does not rely on the extraction, transport, processing or disposal of natural resources. While these activities can lead to some degree of habitat fragmentation or pollution while a facility is active, the reclamation work that takes place after operations cease creates new opportunities for habitat creation and connectivity, as well as unique ways to engage the surrounding community. Although each sector has its own considerations when conducting reclamation, the nature-based solutions featured in this white paper offer insights that can benefit any industry.
About Wildlife Habitat Council:
For 33 years, WHC has been promoting and certifying ecological stewardship action on corporate lands through partnerships and education. Since only 10-15% of the world’s land surface is protected, private lands provide an essential opportunity for restoring and protecting biodiversity. As the only international conservation NGO focused exclusively on the private sector, WHC provides a framework for voluntary conservation action on a wide variety of corporate lands. WHC’s corporate members represent some of the leading national and multinational corporations seeking to support sustainable ecosystems and the communities that surround them. These efforts have resulted in more than 1,000 certified programs across 47 states and 28 countries.