The Nevada Excellence in Mine Reclamation Awards are meant to recognize mine sites who exhibit excellent mitigation of the environmental impacts from the mineral industry.
These reclamation awards are handed out by an Awards Committee comprised of 5 different regulatory agencies including the U.S. Forest Service, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Nevada Division of Minerals, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
In early August 2017 the Nevada Department of Wildlife nominated Bald Mountain for one these awards. The Awards Committee toured the site on August 29th to evaluate the reclamation work completed at the site and on September 1st the Awards Committee notified Bald Mountain that the site would be receiving an award which encompassed two categories Concurrent Reclamation, as well as Wildlife Habitat Restoration.
The reasons that the Awards Committee selected Bald Mountain was due to the following:
“Kinross performed approximately 1,100 acres of concurrent reclamation from 2014 through 2016 at the Bald Mountain Mine. The primary motivating factor for this work was to reduce disturbance within, and adjacent to, the designated Area 10 mule deer migration corridor at the mine. Kinross collaborated with BLM and NDOW implementing various adaptive management options so that on-going mule deer movement may occur through the project during mine activities.
Ninety percent of the concurrently reclaimed areas have been seeded with approved mixtures and show significant vegetation during the past year. Kinross also funds a mule deer monitoring program that includes the collaring and real-time tracking of mule deer throughout the mine area.
Annual monitoring data is collected and reviewed by a Wildlife Working Group at the end of each migration season to assess the effectiveness of the program.
The nomination was submitted by the Nevada Department of Wildlife.” – Awards Committee