This is an aggregate quarry planned to commence operations in September 2013. Two thirds of the vegetation cover and overburden of the 16.49 acres concession has been stripped off to allow drilling and blasting activities to commence. The top soil has been stockpiled for future use. The project site is located in an area generally characterized by small villages, sprawled settlements and dispersed greenfield residential settlements. The land use of the area is mainly agricultural with a few small scale manual operations scattered within the surrounding area. Atta ne Atta is one of the main villages which is located 800m from the site. Some schools are located along the Adiembra,῝Atta ne Atta” single carriage way road with very low traffic flow along it.
The characteristic vegetation at the site has been grossly modified into subsistence agricultural landscape with relic patches of degraded secondary forest on rocky outcrops, scrappy farm bushes and herbaceous weeds on actively cultivated fields. Wild growing oil palm (Elaies guineensis), is characteristic feature of the prevailing vegetation at the site.
A baseline fauna and flora assessment covering birds, large mammal, amphibians and reptiles, terrestrial insects and vascular plants was carried out to provide information on biodiversity as important input into the environmental impact assessment. The biodiversity assessment was also meant to document the flora and fauna community of the site as a benchmark to aid post quarry rehabilitation as well as monitoring. Although grossly modified and degraded, seven of the 165 vascular plants species recorded at the study site are listed on the IUCN Red List as globally threatened. Of the seven species, one is listed as Endangered and five are listed as Vulnerable and one is Near Threatened. Two of the plant species recorded are listed as Black Star species.
None of the 102 bird species recorded at the site was of any conservation concern. Two of the eight large and medium-sized mammals recorded in the study are listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of threatened species, whilst a third is listed as Data Deficient. None of the herpetofauna and terrestrial insect species recorded is of any conservation significance.
The composition of the fauna and flora community was quite consistent with the current state of the site.