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Shaping Landscapes for TOMORROW by Anthony M. Bauer, FASLA Principal and Co-Founder, Bauer-Ford Reclamation Design The following is an excerpt from NSSGA’s publication Shaping Landscapes for Tomorrow. he aggregates mining industry has gone through dramatic changes over the last five decades. Originally, mine sites were small and generally located in rural areas. Few rules regulated the industry. Over time, larger mine sites have been developed in response to an increasing need for aggregate products to meet a growing population’s desire for a higher T standard of living. Populations spilled into the countryside. More people surrounded pits and quarries. This, in turn, stimulated an increase in land use and environmental regulations. Today, aggregates mining operations are within close proximity to many neighbors. They also operate under a labyrinth of local, state and federal regulations. Conformance to reclamation and environmental standards is now an integral part of any aggregates mining operation. During the last 50 years — contrary to a popular belief that minedout sites were wastelands — numerous pits and quarries were converted into functional, attractive and valuable end uses. A review of historical maps and records of any metropolitan area will reveal re that these altered landscapes have b been woven into the fabric of the communicomm ty as high quality housing sites, parks, school grounds, wildlife habitats and any imaginable urban land use. Few mining companies, however, benefited from this conversion, because after mining was completed most sites were turned over to institutions, individuals or developers with a new vision for the mined land. But mining companies can create valuable land when end use development becomes an integral part of the mine planning and mine operation process. The most effective approach in Shaping Landscapes for Tomorrow is by planning the use of geologic features and mining processes today. 63 Stone, Sand & Gravel Review, January/February 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Stone, Sand & Gravel Review - January/February 2009

Stone, Sand & Gravel Review - January/February 2009
Events Calendar
Table of Contents
Legislative and Regulatory Calendar
AGGI: The Unofficial Guide
A Quick Guide to NSSGA's 2009 Annual Convention
New President, New Congress—What's on the Agenda?
Performance Optimization in an Existing Operation
Water Infiltration Mitigation Project at Clinton Point Quarry
The Human Element
Return on Investment: Committee Membership
Shaping Landscapes for Tomorrow
What Moves the Market? What Moves a Customer?
MSHA/NSSGA Rip & Share
Working the Web
NSSGA on the Road - CEMEX Davenport
Products & Services Guide
Buyers’ Guide Index

Stone, Sand & Gravel Review - January/February 2009