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BLM Seeks Nominations for 2020 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards

Jan 29, 2020 | Monitor

In 2015 BLM Alaska began a project on Jack Wade Creek in the Fortymile Wild and Scenic River Corridor to develop new reclamation techniques for placer-mined streams in Alaska.

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As part of its ongoing efforts to foster sustainable development of natural resources, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking nominations for the 2020 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards. These awards, presented annually, showcase some of the finest examples of responsible mineral resource development.

“The BLM appreciates members of the mineral development community who demonstrate a strong commitment to environmental health, social responsibility, and economic security,” said Michael Nedd, BLM Deputy Director for Operations. “We look forward to recognizing such organizations and individuals for their outstanding work in these areas.”

Awards are offered in the following five categories: the Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award, the Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award, the Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award, the Hardrock Mineral Director’s Award, and the Mine Legacy Steward Award.

The Hardrock Mineral Environmental 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 Community Outreach and Economic Security Award recognizes the successful coordination of projects with local and regional stakeholders, including those projects that contribute to quality of life or demonstrate concern for the long-term health of the local community, while fostering a strong local economy.

The Pedro Dredge once operated near Chicken, Alaska on the Taylor Highway. This historic gold mining dredge (also known as the Chicken Dredge and F.E. Company Dredge No. 4) was relocated to this site in 1998 to serve as a tourist destination.

Craig McCaa | BLM Alaska

The Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award recognizes operators or organizations with fewer than fifteen employees who have demonstrated 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 presented to a single 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 Mine Legacy Steward Award recognizes partnership activities that assist in addressing hardrock abandoned mine land features across the American West. Individuals as well as organizations are eligible for this award.

More details are available in the Call for Nominations brochure. Nominations should be submitted to the BLM State Office having jurisdiction of the public lands where the operation or project is located (Attention: Solid Minerals). Note that coal operators are not eligible for recognition through this program but are encouraged to participate in a separate reclamation awards program offered by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. For additional information on the awards program, visit the BLM web site.

The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2020. Awards are slated to be presented in the fall.

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