In September, Newmont was honored with awards for Leadership in Conservation Planning and Concurrent Exploration Reclamation at the 26th annual Nevada Excellence in Mine Reclamation Awards in South Lake Tahoe. A staple of the Nevada Mining Association Convention, the ceremony recognized industry leaders in environmental stewardship.
“Winners are to be commended for their efforts to improve practices for mine reclamation, wildlife protection and habitat enhancement,” said Rich Perry, Administrator of the Nevada Division of Minerals. “By sharing their designs and successes with other mine operators, the Nevada Mining and Exploration industries continue to lead the United States in successful reclamation and environmental protection practices.”
Unanimously selected by a committee of government representatives, award winners must go “above and beyond what is mandated and be worthy examples to share with others in the industry.” The committee inspects and evaluates each nominated site in person. Along with being leaders in reclamation, honorees should also display excellence in the areas of innovation for the protection of air, off-site water quality mitigation, wildlife habitat enhancement, cultural preservation and cooperative partnerships.
For Newmont’s Leadership in Conservation Planning award, the company was commended for its work on the Conservation Framework Agreement (CFA), a private-public partnership that covers 1.5 million acres of habitat in Nevada. The CFA was developed through a deliberate and collaborative process as a tool for the implementation of Newmont’s Sagebrush Ecosystem Strategy. Its ongoing initiatives include prescribed grazing, reduction of cheat-grass, establishment of perennial grasses, reintroduction of Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse, and fuel-break management.
For Newmont’s Concurrent Exploration Reclamation award, the committee lauded Newmont’s work at the Chevas and High Desert projects in Elko County. Exploration activities in both areas have been ongoing since 1992. Our on-site team has employed a strategy to construct temporary access roads, travel routes and drill pads to minimize disturbance footprint; and revegetation efforts on reclaimed roads and pads have improved habitat for local mule deer. We have also collaborated with the State of Nevada in closing abandoned mine land features in the historic Lynn Creek archaeological district, which is located within the exploration area.
Present to accept the awards were Newmont’s Jeff White, Director of Rangelands, Jerry Pfarr, Vice President of Sustainability and External Relations, and Bryan Johnson, Senior Environmental Manager of Exploration.
Other award winners on the evening were Comstock Mining for Abandoned Mine Lands Hazard Mitigation, and Kinross Gold for Concurrent Reclamation and Wildlife Habitat Restoration.
Learn more about Newmont’s responsible reclamation strategy by visiting our microsite, Lifecycle of a Mine.