Mount Milligan’s environmental crew, which incorporates Indigenous members from Nak’azdli Whut’en First Nation and McLeod Lake Indian Band, co-hosted excursions of Centerra Gold’s Endako and Kemess websites for native Indigenous Nations to determine profitable reclamation strategies from these “residing labs” to judge their software on the Mount Milligan Mine.
The experiences and classes realized throughout the reclamation of the Kemess and Endako mines had been leveraged into the event and implementation of a Proof-of-Idea reclamation demonstration area trial.
“Though the covid-19 pandemic has been difficult for collaboration throughout communities, the Mount Milligan environmental crew efficiently introduced collectively individuals from Indigenous Nations into the closure planning course of, and used examples of exemplary reclamation to use what was realized to information site-specific reclamation approaches at Mount Milligan,” Tim Antill, awards subcommittee chair and incoming TRCR chair, stated in a media launch.
Centerra Gold beforehand obtained the Jake McDonald Annual Reclamation Award for Mount Milligan on the 2016 symposium.
The Tony Milligan E book Award was offered to Trevor Baker, Justin Straker and Max Ryan of Integral Ecology Group for the perfect paper delivered on the earlier yr’s BC Mine Reclamation Symposium, the primary symposium held on-line. The paper, “Improvement of a soil water balance-based mannequin for predicting ecosystem prevalence on post-closure landforms” describes a system for extra precisely predicting the soil moisture regime of reclaimed upland websites.
The TRCR additionally introduced its 2021 Jake McDonald Memorial Scholarship recipient. Jaxon Reid of Kamloops, BC, is a second-year mining engineering pupil at BCIT who has beforehand accomplished 3 years as a biology main within the Bachelor of Science program on the College of Victoria. Jaxon switched to mine engineering final yr after working in a metallurgical lab and turning into extra targeted on a profession in mining.
The forty fourth Annual Mine Reclamation Symposium attracted greater than 240 delegates starting from biologists to engineers and geoscientists and representatives from Indigenous communities from all through western Canada.
“We have now constructed on the sturdy success of our first ever digital occasion final yr, and are happy to offer two full days of thrilling digital content material (together with a number of digital mine excursions) that covers a various vary of matters plus a further interactive short-course this yr,” stated Alison Burton, outgoing chair of the TRCR.