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ArcelorMittal dedicates EC dunes restoration site

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ArcelorMittal Global Research and Development in East Chicago dedicated the opening of its dunes and swale restoration and walking path on Wednesday, in an event coinciding with the American Heart Association’s National Walk Day.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for employees to enjoy the new walking trail and see what’s growing in the restoration site,” Matt Bartz, technical support, global research and development, ArcelorMittal, said in a statement released after the event.

Through a partnership with The Field Museum and The Nature Conservancy, globally rare dune and swale habitat was restored on seven acres of the ArcelorMittal Global Research and Development campus. In addition, a walking path was established along the perimeter of the property.

“The project offers multiple benefits to the environment, employees, and the broader community by responsibly managing and restoring natural habitat unique to the Great Lakes basin; providing a safe and convenient place for employees to walk on AHA National Walk Day and throughout the year; and serving as a destination for local schoolchildren to learn about the environment,” the statement said.

This site was identified in the Chicago Wilderness Green Infrastructure Vision (GIV), a visioning project which identified 1.4 million acres that can be restored, protected, or connected through conservation and thoughtful, sustainable development practices.

“This restoration is a leading example of the role private and corporate land owners can take to sustain local nature,” said Becky Collings, conservation ecologist, The Field Museum. “The site is in close proximity to other nature preserves with remnant dune and swale, and provides a link in developing a network of connecting healthy nature in our regions. Restoration of this site helps fulfill a piece of GIV’s vision for the Calumet Region.”

 

Posted 4/4/2014