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Nevada Bighorns Living Large at EP Minerals’ Diatomaceous Earth plant

Posted by Julie Brown

Jun 13, 2016 3:22:56 PM

IMG_2384.jpg Nevada bighorns at the EP Minerals' Clark plant and mine

A herd of Nevada bighorns is doing quite well in an area right outside the EP Minerals’ Clark diatomaceous earth (DE) plant and mine. Just about a year ago, the herd numbered about 20. Today we’ve counted over 70 bighorns living on the cliffs. It’s a testament to how setting up wildlife habitats in the right place leads to a great sustainability story. How did this come about?


 
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Last year, EP Minerals worked with Nevada Bighorns Unlimited to take on and provide a habitat for a herd of bighorn sheep. The desert bighorns now live in an area just south of our Clark plant and mine. Our Clark team reports frequent bighorn sightings. The sheep love to stand atop the ridges and look over the goings on below. They thrive in the rough, rocky steep terrain. Desert Bighorns have been around for over 11,000 years. At one point, there were 1.5 million animals in North America, but they almost became extinct around 1900. A conservation effort led by President Theodore Roosevelt helped prevent extinction and today there are about 70,000 in mountain ranges in the West. Read more about the bighorns: EP Minerals' Nevada Bighorns

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