Pits & Quarries
OSSGA names more industry award winners for community service
March 3, 2023 By Don Horne
GIP Aggregates Inc.’s McCarthy Quarry, Carden Quarry and CBM Aggregates’ Coburn Pit, all have collected Ontario Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association (OSSGA) awards for their good work in the community.
GIP Aggregates Inc. McCarthy Quarry was awarded the 2022 Community Relations Award for its leadership in promoting good neighbour relations, community involvement, education, and industry awareness.
Neighbour relations rank high among McCarthy Quarry’s priorities. Beyond going to great lengths to mitigate the noise, dust and traffic activity from its operations, the site is dedicated to making community improvements and to developing local highways and roads.
The Quarry proudly contributes to the community by supporting the Ramara Chamber of Commerce, Food for the Poor Golf Tournament and local hockey teams, all of which is supported by their public outreach strategy.
Carden Quarry in Brechin was awarded the 2022 Community Relations Award for its leadership in promoting good neighbour relations, community involvement, education, and industry awareness.
Within its boundaries, the Carden Quarrry team says it controls onsite noise, dust and traffic generated from its operation through advanced practices, equipment and natural solutions, such as planting trees to dampen sound and green its footprint.
Outside its gates, officials say they provide donations and support to local organizations and initiatives, including the Ramara Historical Society’s Yesteryear event, the Couchiching Conservancy’s Nuts for Nature event, the Ramara Soccer program, Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Métis Nation of Ontario Annual General Assembly, and local fundraisers. In partnership with Miller Paving, quarry staff are also involved in tree planting, environmental cleanup events, invasive species removal, and garden planting.
CBM Aggregates’ Coburn Pit receivesd the 2022 Progressive Rehabilitation Award for its ongoing efforts of individual operators to progressively rehabilitate their sites per their site plans.
A total of 2.5 hectares of Coburn Pit’s northwest portion of land was targeted during its multi-year rehabilitation. The objective was to restore the site to a natural area and wetland that blends into the adjacent Mill Creek corridor. The site was seeded with a mix of fescue, bluegrass, trefoil and perennial ryegrass, as well as a seeding supplement of native grass and wildflowers and a direct seeding of oak acorns.
Additional work was implemented, including the planting of native tree species in 2019 and fill planting in 2022. A test plot survey was later conducted on the newly planted trees to determine the optimal growing seedling strategies moving forward.
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