Sue Grayston, Maja Krzic and Cindy Prescott awarded prize in Quarry Life Award competition

Congratulations to Sue Grayston, Maja Krzic, Cindy Prescott and their team for being awarded third prize in the 2014 Quarry Life Award competition.

The Quarry Life Award is an international research and education competition sponsored by Heidelberg Cement Group and aims to raise awareness of biodiversity in mining sites worldwide through sponsorship of projects to boost mining ecology and biodiversity.

Sue Grayston, Maja Krzic, Cindy Prescott, Les Lavkulich (LFS), Gary Bradfield (Botany) and Emily Mason (3rd Year undergraduate NRC student) together with SYLVIS, undertook a research project this summer at the LeHigh Sechelt Sand & Gravel Quarry as part of the competition. The project investigated the potential of biosolids amendment to enhance above and belowground biodiversity at the Sechelt mine. Emily Mason undertook a plant diversity assessment at the quarry, as part of her co-op work placement, comparing terminated mine sites, either un-amended or amended with biosolids, with adjacent natural forested areas.