BLM Awards Highlight Good Stewardship
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is inviting nominations for the 2014 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards and has extended the filing deadline to July 22, 2014.
This is an opportunity for Alaska miners, from small scale placer miners to large corporations, to show they are being proactive, respectful of its mineral resources and a benefit to its people. These awards recognize solid mineral (non-coal) development operations that embody the principles of sustainable development or represent outstanding examples of reclamation or environmental stewardship.
The awards highlight some of the finest examples of responsible mineral resource development and illustrate the principles of sustainable development without compromising the needs of future generations. The awards program also helps to promote successful ideas and practices that may be implemented at various locations throughout the nation.
The awards fall under five categories:
- The Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award recognizes efforts in environmental stewardship. This category recognizes achievements demonstrating continuous or repeated efforts to successfully meet or exceed Federal, State, or local reclamation requirements with minimal oversight.
- The Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award recognizes projects that show concern for community responsibilities and the economic benefits of mineral development. This award recognizes successful coordination of projects with local and regional stakeholders. Projects that contribute to quality of life or show concern for a community’s long-term health are also eligible.
- The Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award recognizes efforts in environmental stewardship of operators with fewer than 15 employees. Similar to the Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award, this award recognizes achievements demonstrating continuous or repeated efforts to successfully meet or exceed Federal, State, or local reclamation requirements with minimal oversight.
- The Hardrock Mineral Director’s Award is for outstanding achievement in a particular area of sustainable development. The award will recognize an operator whose dedication and commitment to excellence has resulted in the use of a new or innovative design or technique that allows or enhances successful operations in technically challenging conditions or in critical environmental settings.
- The “Fix A Shaft Today!” (“FAST!”) Award recognizes active participation in the FAST! Campaign, which is a partnership initiative aimed at eradicating unsafe abandoned mine land features, especially open mine shafts.
Past Alaska winners:
- 2005 -“Diamond” Jim Olmstead won the 2005 Small Operator Award for his placer mining operation on Gold Creek, in the Koyukuk Mining District. The award recognized his operation for creating a minimum surface disturbance and performing excellent reclamation.
- 2006 -Mike and Lou Busby of Geoquest won the 2006 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.
- 2006 -Coeur Alaska, Inc., won the 2006 Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award. This Kensington nomination focused on a multi-faceted community outreach program that has worked closely over the years with Alaska Native corporations based in Juneau, commercial fishing organizations, environmental groups and recreation interests.
- 2011 -Compass Mining, Inc.'s Linda Creek venture won the 2011 Small Operator award for their underground placer mine that is a model for any mine that wishes to mine in an economically sustainable manner while minimizing environmental impacts.
- 2011 -The Alaska Miners Association Small-scale Mining Committee won the 2011 Community Outreach and Security Award for facilitating the compilation of the “Alaska Placer Mining Claim Operations Guide” by a group of State and Federal regulatory agencies and Alaska placer miners.
- 2012 -Taiga Mining Company won the 2012 Environmental Award for their integrated and innovative approach to placer mining that has produced streams and landscapes that are recovering faster with greater biological potential than typical of mined lands in Alaska.
To Nominate for these Awards:
To send nominations or questions, please contact:
BLM-Alaska State Office
Attn: John Hoppe
222 West 7th Ave, #13
Anchorage, AK 99513-7599
Phone: (907) 271-3218
Fax: (907) 271-3933
BLM Director Bob Abbey Quote:
"These awards recognize mining operators who carry out their work in an environmentally and socially responsible manner so as to meet the needs of current and future generations."