430,000 seedlings planted this year in Victor Mine reclamation

December 20, 2018

Earthworks and the planting of seeds both formed a major part of the ongoing reclamation program focused on Ontario’s Victor Mine. Photo © www.bigstockphoto.com[1]
Earthworks and the planting of seeds both formed a major part of the ongoing reclamation program focused on Ontario’s Victor Mine.
Photo © www.bigstockphoto.com

The environmental reclamation program at Ontario’s Victor Mine[2] is proceeding at a good clip, reports De Beers Group[3]. More than 430,000 seedlings were planted in the mine area this year.

The program is maintaining a focus on local plant life, including green and river alder, paper birch, fireweed, and yarrow.

Approximately 5.6 million seeds (weighing 6.6 kg [14 ½ lb]) were harvested locally by youth from the Attawapiskat First Nation[4]. Of these, 329,000 were cultivated offsite in local nurseries, while 105,000 were grown onsite in a greenhouse and hydroponic seed starter facility.

Progressive earthworks also formed a significant part of the program, with the goal being to reshape the land to a natural contour. This work comprised a major part of the 2018 program’s $8.4-million cost and will continue through the winter as the 2019 reclamation work begins.

Since the reclamation initiative began in 2014, almost 600,000 trees and plants have been planted.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: https://www.jewellerybusiness.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/bigstock-Young-Plant-in-Sunlight-Growi-237645253.jpg
  2. Victor Mine: http://canada.debeersgroup.com/operations/mining/victor-mine
  3. De Beers Group: https://www.debeersgroup.com/
  4. Attawapiskat First Nation: http://www.attawapiskat.org/

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