Land Reclamation at Genesee
The Genesee Mine operates under a licence from the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board and Alberta Environment. Sherritt operates the Mine, which is owned through a joint venture partnership with Capital Power.
The Genesee Mine licence includes a comprehensive land reclamation plan, including the re-establishment of wetlands and natural creek bodies, and the development of wildlife corridors. The plan also includes topics such as soil recovery and management of noise, dust, surface water and groundwater.
Current reclamation activities include:
- Planting Spruce, Aspen and Willow seedlings to create a more diverse landscape that can sustain multiple land uses
- Renting-out reclaimed land to local farmers to use for crops such as canola, barley, wheat, and alfalfa, or to use as pasture land for cattle
- Bluebird nesting box project to increase Mountain Bluebird populations and encourage nesting of other valuable species
- Supporting research into live root transfer, Aspen seedling selection and the establishment of hybrid Poplar plantations as ways to create forested areas as part of the reclaimed mine lands
- Wetlands management
- Re-establishment of creeks and drainage channels
- Incorporation of wildlife corridors
- Planting trees along shelter belts
- Establishment of dugouts
For more information on our reclamation and other environmental initiatives, please review our Corporate Responsibility Report.
Last updated: September 13, 2011