Noranda Bauxite Launches Operation Discovery Tree
December 22, 2021, Discovery Bay, Jamaica: Noranda Bauxite, Atlantic Alumina and Jamaica Bauxite Mining Limited are pleased to announce the launch of Operation Discovery Tree, a project designed to increase the forested areas in the parish of St. Ann. Operation Discovery Tree will include the development of a tree nursery on targeted lands reclaimed from bauxite mining near its Water Valley operations, as well as the strategic replanting of trees grown at the nursery to develop forestry areas in currently unforested parts of the region.
Operation Discovery Tree was initiated to supplement Jamaica’s tree nursey capabilities and to increase the positive environmental impacts from Noranda’s ongoing tree planting, greenhouses, aquaponics, and other reclamation initiatives. Noranda Bauxite intends to break ground on this new nursery in the first quarter of 2022. The company is also working to identify targeted locations in which to create new forestry areas in collaboration with the Forestry Department of Jamaica, other relevant government agencies, and Noranda’s community councils across St. Ann.
Mark Hansen, CEO of Concord Resources, principal owner of Atlantic Alumina, commented “While bauxite mining does not impact forestry reserves, it has a manageable impact on the environment during operations; however, steps such as Operation Discovery Tree, combined with our already progressive reclamation and rehabilitation programs, mitigate those impacts and can leave the natural environment with improved forest cover.’’ He added, “Through the collaboration of our operations in Jamaica and Louisiana, our partners in Jamaica Bauxite Mining Limited, and our other Jamaican based stakeholders, Operation Discovery Tree has the potential to bring new forestry reserves to the areas in and around St. Ann. We are also investigating additional programs to benefit environmental protection in Jamaica and new initiatives on carbon offsets, as we endeavor to be a net addition of carbon capture.”
Noranda’s Vice President and Country Manager, Delroy Dell, cited, “With the limited availability of trees for replanting since 2020 due in part to COVID related implications, we believe that our new nursery project will quickly benefit Jamaica’s tree planting initiatives.” He added, “While we have planted over 16,000 trees in 2021, we expect our nursery project to allow for a much larger and more sustainable source of seedling trees for years to come.”
About Noranda Bauxite: Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners II is the Discovery Bay, Jamaica based bauxite mining partnership of Atlantic Alumina LLC affiliate Discovery Bauxite and Jamaica Bauxite Mining Limited.
About Atlantic Alumina: Atlantic Alumina’s holdings include its ATALCO Gramercy Operations, located in Gramercy, Louisiana, which produces smelter grade alumina for the production of aluminum and chemical grade aluminas for non-metallurgical applications, and Discovery Bauxite, located in St. Ann, Jamaica, which mines and ships bauxite globally for metallurgical and non-metallurgical applications through the Noranda Jamaica Bauxite partnership with Jamaica Bauxite Mining Limited. Atlantic Alumina is principally owned by Concord Resources Limited.
About Concord Resources: Concord Resources is a global resources company founded in 2015 by its management and a group of experienced natural resources investors to build a business focused on supply chain and risk management of non-ferrous metals and associated raw materials. Concord is headquartered in London with representative offices in New York, Connecticut, and Hong Kong.