Aggregate producer honored for reclamation work at Osage County quarry

A company that operates a quarry in Osage County has been recognized by the governor for reclamation of a former quarry site.

Last month, Hamm, Inc., of Perry, was awarded the 2014 Governor’s Mined Land Reclamation Award for reclamation work at the Overbrook Quarry, in Osage County. The award is presented to a company that demonstrated excellence in implementing mined land reclamation and conveying a positive image of mining in Kansas. Hamm received the award at the Kansas Aggregate Producers Association meeting in Overland Park.

The reclaimed area covers 80 acres that was mined by Hamm for 30 years.

“The landowner requested the property be returned to hay and livestock production, recreation and wildlife habitat,” said John Strome, Hamm general manager. “We made sure the slopes were gradual enough for hay production and even built fencing for three separate pastures.”

A few of the completed projects were the construction of several ponds, including one six acres in size with constructed fish habitat.

Hamm operates 12 quarry locations in northeast Kansas. It mines aggregate materials and manufactures materials for the construction industry and roadways.

The Governor’s Mined Land Reclamation Award is administered through the Kansas Department of Agriculture and recognizes outstanding reclamation work completed during the previous year. A committee made up of six representatives from agencies that have programs involving natural resources selects the award recipient. The award is presented by the governor or a representative at the Kansas Aggregate Producer’s Association annual conference, held in January.

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