We will quarry approximately 5 hectares per year while preparing the next 5 hectares for quarrying the following year. When production begins the second year, we will restore the land quarried the first year, and so on. We will replace the topsoil and typically plant two-year-old saplings and native plants to bring the land back to its state before quarrying. CPS is committed to ensuring a minimal footprint during quarrying and will work with Manitoba Sustainable Development to ensure the habitat is cultivated for wildlife. In addition, some land may be restored to cultivate crops for community food production.
Restoration efforts will be overseen by an Operational Oversight Committee made up of community members. Based on their feedback and input, CPS may partner with community efforts to restore the land for possible agriculture production such as berries, wild rice, traditional medicines, and vegetable production that can create additional income streams and more jobs for local businesses.
CPS understands the opportunities in land restoration efforts such as growing blueberries, wild rice, medicinal plants or any other crop that would add value to the local community. Approximately five hectares will be available for restoration after the first year of quarrying. Annually the Oversight Committee will review the next year's plan for restoration and make recommendations. CPS will work with community members involved in food security issues to help guide these efforts.