Friendship Quarry

Project #: 16748  –   Updated: January 04, 2016

Project Summary

Vulcan Materials Company’s Vulcan Friendship Quarry is located in Buford, Georgia, which is approximately 40 miles northeast of Atlanta. Vulcan Materials Company acquired the site in 2013, and it is currently used for surface mining, overburden storage areas, plant and maintenance facilities, and on-site customer sites. The site is 416 acres in size with 40 acres actively managed for wildlife. The program was first certified in 2008.

Since 2011, the team has been maintaining a pollinator meadow to enhance the site’s pollinator habitat. The team works closely with a master naturalist from...

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Location (by county):
Hall County (GA)

Watersheds:
Upper Oconee

Congressional Districts:
GA District 09

Bird Conservation Regions:
Piedmont

USFWS Regions:
Southeast Region

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Vulcan Materials Company’s Vulcan Friendship Quarry is located in Buford, Georgia, which is approximately 40 miles northeast of Atlanta. Vulcan Materials Company acquired the site in 2013, and it is currently used for surface mining, overburden storage areas, plant and maintenance facilities, and on-site customer sites. The site is 416 acres in size with 40 acres actively managed for wildlife. The program was first certified in 2008.

Since 2011, the team has been maintaining a pollinator meadow to enhance the site’s pollinator habitat. The team works closely with a master naturalist from the University of Georgia for all planning and maintenance. In 2014 the area was seeded with native grasses, and in 2015 the team planted native milkweed seedlings, and four serviceberry trees. The team also controls for invasive plants like privet, kudzu, and honeysuckle. Their most common method of control is through clipping and hand pulling, but they are also trying to out-compete buttercup using native grasses. The team also installed two bee hives with the help of their plant supervisor who is a certified bee keeper.

The team also monitors and maintains several nest boxes for eastern bluebirds and wood ducks. Bluebird boxes are placed throughout the site, and wood duck boxes are near the lake on site. Bluebird boxes were installed in 2011, and wood duck boxes were installed in 2015. The team works to monitor each box’s use and records this on a log and takes photos.

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Plant native trees and/or shrubs, herbs, forbs, grasses Show/Hide details
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Establish artificial dens/nests/roosts Show/Hide details
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Vulcan Materials Company
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Primary Contact

Certification Department
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