MONROE, Michigan - March 24, 2016 - Ducks Unlimited recognized Stoneco, an Oldcastle Materials company, as a Diamond Legacy Sponsor for Stoneco's $2.1 million land donation late last year.
Ducks Unlimited celebrated Stoneco during a chapter banquet March 19, in Monroe.
Last year Stoneco donated a 265-acre former sand and gravel quarry near Ann Arbor to Ducks Unlimited to support wildlife conservation efforts. The Diamond Legacy Sponsor is for individuals or organizations that donate between $1 million and $4,999,999.
"We are grateful to Stoneco for its generous gift of property," said Todd Fox, Ducks Unlimited director of development for Michigan. "Having strong partners in our community like Stoneco is pivotal to our conservation work and underlies their dedication to corporate responsibility."
The former quarry site was active until 2014 and has since been undergoing a reclamation process. The area has tremendous potential for wildlife habitat development through wetland restoration, grassland plantings, reforestation and management of the reclaimed mine pit.
"We appreciate this recognition," said Rick Becker, Stoneco vice president and general manager. "And we look forward to continuing to help Ducks Unlimited make the site attractive to wildlife and our community."
The land donation will support Ducks Unlimited's Rescue Our Wetlands campaign, a seven-year, $2 billion effort aimed at changing the face of conservation in North America. Rescue Our Wetlands is the largest wetlands and waterfowl conservation campaign in history. The public portion of the campaign was launched in 2015 and so far the campaign has raised more than $1.1 billion.
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From left: Tracy Oberleiter, major donor chairman for southeast Michigan; Rick Becker, vice president and general manager for Stoneco of Michigan; Marshal Anderson, Michigan major donor chairman; and Todd Fox, Ducks Unlimited director of development for Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, honor Stoneco for its 265-acre land donation to Ducks Unlimited outside of Ann Arbor.
Stoneco, based in Monroe, Michigan, has been a top supplier of crushed limestone, sand, and gravel in Michigan for over 100 years. For details about the company visit www.stoneco.net or on Facebook at facebook.com/michiganpaving. Stoneco is a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Oldcastle Materials, the leading vertically integrated supplier of aggregates, asphalt, ready-mix concrete and construction and paving services in the United States. For more information about Oldcastle Materials visit www.oldcastle.com/materials.
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13.6 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.