Huckleberry reclaimed Tailings Pond - Grizzly sow and cub

Grizzly sow and cub on reclaimed tailings at Huckleberry Mine.

Mine Reclamation Awards:

On December 3, 2015, in conjunction with the Annual MEND Workshop on ARD/ML, the TRCR presented the 2014 Mine Reclamation Awards and 2015 Jake MacDonald Student Scholarship award winners.

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Due to TRCR collaboration with the successful Mine Closure Conference in Vancouver, BC concluded in May 2015, in December, 2015, the 2014 Mine Reclamation awards for outstanding achievement in Reclamation were presented by the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Energy and Mines, Elaine McKnight.

The 2014 Metal Mine Reclamation Award was awarded to Huckleberry Mines Ltd. for its habitat compensation works in the form of successful remediation of fish-ways in a local creek in the vicinity of the Huckleberry copper mine near Houston, BC. Huckleberry was also recognized for engaging local Aboriginal communities in its mine reclamation planning. The award was presented to Hiroyuki Tarumi (President), Randall Thompson (Chief Operating Officer), and Marke Wong (Environmental Superintendent) of Huckleberry Mines Ltd.

2015 Metal Mine Award

2015 Metal Mine Award: Huckleberry Mines Ltd. (L – R) Jonathan Buchanan, TRCR Chair, Karina Brino, MABC; Marke Wong, Hiroyuki Tarumi and Randall Thompson of Huckleberry Mines Ltd.; Elaine McKnight, Ministry of Energy and Mines, Angela Waterman, TRCR 40th Anniversary Chair and Kim Bellefontaine, Ministry of Energy and Mines.

Fish Ladder on M creek

Remediation Works – Operational Fish Ladder on M creek

 

View of Huckleberry mine site

View of Huckleberry mine site

The 2014 British Columbia Jake McDonald Mine Reclamation Award and was presented to Valley Gravel Sales Ltd. for reclaiming three Abbotsford, BC gravel pit properties between 2010 and 2013 to a standard where agricultural capability is equal to or superior to the capability prior to extraction. The major award was presented to Barry McLean of Valley Gravel Sales Ltd.

2015 Award Winner: Valley Gravel

2015 Jake McDonald Award Winner: Valley Gravel. (L-R) Jonathan Buchanan, TRCR Chair, Karina Brino, MABC, Angela Waterman, 40th Anniversary Chair, Barry McLean, Valley Gravel Sales Ltd; Elaine McKnight and Kim Bellefontaine, Ministry of Energy and Mines.

First cut of hay from reclaimed gravel pit

First cut of hay from reclaimed Valley Gravel pit

2015 Award Winner

Tractor, Garden and crop in background

Jake McDonald Scholarship Awards:

The TRCR is also pleased to award the 2015 Jake McDonald Scholarship Awards to five recipients: Estefania Milla Morono from the University of British Columbia; Michelle Phillips from Thompson Rivers University (TRU); Glenn Sidewell also from TRU; Sarah Whitehouse from TRU, and Osvaldo Vega from the University of British Columbia. These students were sent their awards by mail and two of the recipients were able to attend the December event in Vancouver.

2015 Scholarships (L-R) Oswaldo Vega, Jonathan Buchanan,

2015 Scholarships (L-R) Oswaldo Vega, Jonathan Buchanan, Estefania Milla Moreno.

The award winners are highlighted at this location: 2015 Student Scholarships.