Social Responsibility

Land Management

Mining, ultimately, is an interim use of the land. We keep its end use in mind.

Responsible land management is integral to sustaining Vulcan’s success. We strive to achieve a balance between the value we create through our mining activities and the value created when it’s time for our properties’ next use.

The future use of each property represents significant value not only to our company and shareholders, but also to the community. When possible, we engage the local community in evaluation of post-mining options.

End-use planning also facilitates the permitting and land use authorization process, and it can minimize reclamation costs following the completion of mining activities. For example, converting a quarry to a lake minimizes the amount of fill material needed for reclamation and improves the value of the total property for recreational, residential or commercial uses.

Subsequent use can return financial benefits to our shareholders. There are many ways this can occur, from leasing the land to another party, conversion to another use within Vulcan, or reclaiming and marketing the property for residential, commercial or industrial purposes. Vulcan locates operations in growth areas where property values are expected to increase. Reclaiming property so that it is suitable for future development allows us to benefit from any growth in value of the property, while contributing to the growth and prosperity of the communities we call home.


ReclamationWhat Vulcan Properties Have Become

Rank Island Habitat
Vulcan’s River Rock Plant, located along the San Joaquin River in Fresno, California, contains within its property limits Rank Island. The 300-acre protected island provides valuable habitat for a diverse group of plant and animal species, including one of the largest great blue heron and great egret rookeries in California’s Central Valley. The site has been a Wildlife Habitat Councilcertified habitat since 2002. This Rank Island Habitat was developed through a process where the aggregates were mined and concurrent reclamation of the property was performed.

Broward Quarry, Florida 
This limestone quarry site was reclaimed with a sizeable lake left behind and high-value residential property established along the lake shoreline and on adjoining property. The creation of the lake helped to attract upscale housing developments.

Parkwood Quarry, Birmingham, Alabama
This quarry was converted into a series of lakes, which provided an attractive setting for housing developments surrounding and adjacent to the lakes. The lakes currently provide habitat for a number of bird species, including geese and herons. The property also includes an elementary school and a walking track.

Bellwood Quarry, Atlanta, Georgia
Following the completion of mining, the Bellwood Quarry was acquired by the City of Atlanta for a mixed-use recreational/park facility and water reservoir. The reservoir has the capacity to hold 1.9 billion gallons, providing Atlanta residents with a much-needed additional source of freshwater.

Occoquan, Virginia
The mined-out quarry pit was purchased by the local municipal water treatment authority to provide storage capacity. Vulcan retains the adjacent, active quarry.

Crystal Lake, Illinois
This sand and gravel operation was reclaimed and turned into a lake and recreation park facility for the community.

Stafford, Virginia
The reclamation plans include a 10-billion-gallon water storage facility for Stafford County.