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Release Date: 10/24/12
Contacts: KJ Mushovic, 907-271-3322    
  Thom Jennings, 907-271-3335    
News Release No. 12-22

BLM Announces 2012 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Award Winners

Anchorage—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently announced the winners of its 2012 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Award.  This national award highlights the relationship between sustainable development and environmental stewardship.  The award was presented to Taiga Mining Company, an Alaskan company headquartered in Anchorage.  Taiga has an exceptional track record of meeting or exceeding Federal, State, or local reclamation requirements.  Their innovative approach to reclamation produces streams and landscapes that recover faster and with greater biological potential than typical of mined lands in Alaska.  BLM-Alaska State Director Bud Cribley is, “…continually impressed with the hard work and commitment of Alaska’s placer miners.  They put forth amazing effort to be good stewards of the land.”
This award follows a string of Alaskan winners from past years.  In 2011, The Alaska Miners Association-Small Scale Mining Committee won the Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Security Award.  Also that year, Compass Mining, Inc. won the Small Operator Award.  In 2006, Coeur Alaska, Inc., won the Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award, while Mike and Lou Busby of Geoquest won the Small Operator Award for conducting a surface mining operation that retains a diverse landscape, minimizes post-mining erosion, protects surface-water hydrology and preserves greenbelts and wildlife habitat with the mine footprint.  In 2005, “Diamond” Jim Olmstead won the Small Operator Award for creating a minimum surface disturbance and performing excellent reclamation on his placer mine operation on Gold Creek in the Koyukuk Mining District. 

These awards are given to companies who illustrate the BLM’s concept of sustainable development; development that meets the needs of the present while providing for the needs for future generations.  The BLM salutes this year’s winner.  Thanks to the Taiga Mining Company’s efforts, the public lands will continue to provide a range of resources for present and future generations.  

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 10-24-2012