SAN JUAN, February 26, 2020 - THE 2019 WHC Forest Project Award was recently presented to Covia’s Planta San Juan. Competing against three other corporate nominees, San Juan’s environmental restoration project won top accolades.
Three years ago, the San Juan Plant started an environmental restoration project in partnership with the Instituto de Ecologia, A.C. (INECOL) – a leading public research institute in Mexico, which supports ecology and biodiversity. The focus of the restoration project was to transform a 21.5-acre tract of land into an ecological habitat comprised of over 9,000 native trees. Tropical Oaks took center stage as the predominant species.
The inert qualities of the sand presented a challenge for restoration. Initial soil studies determined the site lacked the right soil composition and key nutrients to support the new plants. Thus, an on-site compost program was born. Composting transformed local cow manure and crushed leaves into a nutrient-rich soil amendment.
In addition to creating a compost program, the project team established an on-site nursery to grow the native plant species. These native plants were carefully selected based upon a restoration plan developed by INECOL. On-site irrigation was not used, so identifying the correct planting seasons was essential to the success of the project. Planting sequences and distribution created a naturally formed landscape. Perching features and burrows were also added to the project area to encourage the return of wildlife to the site.
Monitoring is also an important component of the project. Species counts, survival and growth rates are just a few of the parameters that are recorded and tracked. This project was made possible because of the continual involvement of Covia employees, families and community members. They have been involved since the beginning and continue to show ongoing support for the project.
In addition to bragging rights, the San Juan award helps to showcase Covia as a responsible mineral company that goes above and beyond to ensure the well-being of both the environment and the communities in which we operate.
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