January 2, 2008, updated* March 18, 2008
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Contacts: David Quick, 202-452-5138
Mary Linda Ponticelli, 202-452-5083

BLM Accepting Nominations for Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is inviting nominations for the 2008 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 four 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 recognize companies and individuals who have shown exceptional dedication to partnership, stewardship, and sustainable development — to being good neighbors in a growing and changing West.” said BLM Director Jim Caswell. “Our agency looks forward to receiving nominations that exemplify these practices.”

The four awards are the Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award, the Hardrock Mineral Award for Community Outreach and Economic Security, the Small Operator Award, and the Director’s Award.
  • 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. This year, 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.
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 on the BLM Website at www.blm.gov. Nominations must be received by April 18, 2008, 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 2008.  

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 BLM, with a budget of about $1.8 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 BLM accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, and cultural resources on the public lands.

*The nomination period was originally announced as ending March 7, 2008, but has been extended to April 18, 2008.

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