MISSISSAUGA, ONT. — The Judges Choice for the Progressive Rehabilitation Award from the Ontario Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (OSSGA) has been awarded to Cambridge Aggregates/Heidelberg Materials North Dumfries Pit.
The award recognizes the ongoing efforts of individual operators to progressively rehabilitate their sites per their site plans.
The objective for the North Dumfries Pit rehabilitation was twofold: to rehabilitate the 54-hectare pit floor back to agricultural condition and to rehabilitate the remaining 18.1 hectares of extraction area to a natural environment condition featuring Oak Savannah, Woodland, Prairie and native grassland ecological communities, indicates a release, adding the team has successfully returned 12.5 hectares of the pit floor to a healthy agricultural condition that has since been used to grow soybeans and cash crops.
Currently, the team is in Phase 4 of its progressive rehabilitation plan, which began with the rehabilitation of three hectares and the grading of the setback area.
“We have worked closely with the landowner to extract the high-quality aggregate materials from the property and return the area back to a productive agricultural condition as quickly as possible,” said Kevin Hurley, area general manager, Heidelberg Materials, in a statement. “This project showcases how the aggregate industry can achieve successful agricultural rehabilitation in a very short period of time.”