Alaskan Mining Companies receive 2011 BLM Reclamation and Sustainable Development Awards
Anchorage - The Bureau of Land Management presented two national 2011 BLM Reclamation and Sustainable Development awards to Alaskans - the Alaska Miners Association Small Scale Mining Committee and Compass Mining, Inc. - in recognition of their environmental and reclamation practices. The BLM presented its national awards Oct. 17 in Washington, D.C. BLM-Alaska Deputy State Director Ted Murphy also recognized the recipients at the Alaska Miners Association Annual Convention and Trade Show on Nov. 9.
The BLM recognized Alaska Miners Association Small Scale Mining Committee with the Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award for coordinating development of the "Alaska Placer Mining Claim Operations Guide" between the BLM, U.S. Forest Service, and Alaska Departments of Natural Resources, Revenue, and Fish and Game-Habitat. The awardrecognizes projects that highlight the economic benefits of mineral development, acknowledges operators and other organizations that contribute to the quality of life or long-term health of their local communities, and also incorporates community concerns in their development or closure plans in a creative fashion.
Compass Mining, Inc. received the Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award for their efforts to minimize the footprint of their underground frozen placer operations on Linda Creek near Coldfoot. This award recognizes environmental stewardship achievements of operators with less than 15 employees. In addition to conducting high-quality reclamation work, the winner of this award may have undertaken extraordinary measures to reduce the footprint of the operation on the land, reducing the need for reclamation. The BLM's Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards Program recognizes outstanding reclamation activities that restore land to other productive uses following mining operations, and community outreach programs that provide valuable infrastructure and conservation services to local communities. The awards highlight efforts made in implementing the principles of sustainable development to balance environmental, economic, and social concerns in planning for mining operations across five categories: the Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award, the Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award, the Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award, the Director's Award, and the Fix A Shaft Award.
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The BLM manages 253 million acres â€" more land than any other federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including 75 million acres in Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLMâ€TMs 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 public lands.
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