U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|December 12, 2008|
Contact: David Quick, 202-452-5125
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is inviting nominations for the 2009 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards. 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.
These non-monetary awards highlight some of the finest examples of responsible mineral resource development. The awards 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.
“These awards give us a chance to recognize companies and individuals who are being exceptionally good neighbors in terms of partnership, stewardship, and sustainable development.” said BLM Director Jim Caswell. “We look forward to getting nominations that showcase examples of the Best Management Practices we encourage.”
In addition to the four awards that have been given in the past -- the Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award, the Hardrock Mineral Award for Community Outreach and Economic Security, the Small Operator Award, and the Director’s Award -- this year’s awards program includes a new award category, the “Fix A Shaft Today!” Award.
Mining companies, regulatory authorities, geologists, and members of the general public may nominate operators or organizations in the non-coal solid minerals industries for an award. Nominations need not be limited to operations on land managed by the BLM. Nominators can find detailed information on the nomination and selection processes, including the required format for nominations in the brochure titled Call for Nominations: 2009 BLM Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards Program. Nominations must be received by February 5, 2009, in the BLM State Office (Attention: Solid Minerals) that has jurisdiction for the public lands in the State where the operation is located. Presentation of awards will take place in the fall of 2009.
The BLM manages more land – 258 million surface acres – than any other Federal agency. Most of this public land is located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on the public lands.
Attachment: Call for Nominations: 2009 BLM Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards Program (PDF, 1.5 MB)
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