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Nearly 400 Football Fields worth of Land Reclaimed by the end of 2019 at Victor Mine

Press Release

Apr 18, 2019

Picture a National Football League (NFL) field, and then picture 374 of them back to back.

That is how much land the Victor Mine reclamation team will have revegetated at the end of 2019 since reclamation work began at the mine in 2014, making up 44 per cent of the mine’s total footprint.

The works for 2019 will include:

  • More than 668,000 trees and shrubs planted
    • 30,000 live stems grown on site
    • 180,000 seedlings propagated in the mine crop box
    • 458,000 cones propagated in off-site nurseries in Timmins and BC
  • 117 kg of seeds spread
  • 12 kg of seeds collected by youth in Attawapiskat First Nation
  • 461,000 m3 of overburden (processed kimberlite and ore)
  • 157,000 m3 of muskeg
  • 176 hectares revegetated

The $15.4 million reclamation program begins with earthworks where the team will re-shape the mine rock stockpiles to smooth them and bring back the land’s natural contouring, and cap the surface with overburden and muskeg in areas to be planted. The overburden contains the mineral soil and the muskeg provides organic matter and improves soil structure that the plants will need.

During the spring and fall, 668,000 live stems, shrubs and plant plugs will be planted, many of which were grown on-site. In order to stabilize the soil while the shrubs and trees grow and spread, 177 kg of locally harvested seeds collected last year will be tilled in for native grass cover mimicking early ecosystem succession.

More than 210,000 plants will be propagated on site in the mine’s specialized crop box – a modular vertical greenhouse facility inside a sea can – which was brought to site in 2016.  These seedlings produced over winter in the crop box are transplanted into the greenhouse and later nursery before being planted in the field. A local nursery in Timmins will supply conifers and difficult to grow native shrubs from seeds collected here on-site will be brought in from a nursery in British Columbia, totalling 458,000 seedling plugs, which will be planted on site.

For the sixth year, students from Attawapiskat First Nation will be hired to collect seeds in August and then over the weekends in September to accommodate their school schedules. The seeds are sent to the mine where they are cleaned, dried, sorted and stored.

In 2018, more than 430,000 seedlings were planted bringing the total since 2014 to more than 600,000 trees and plants in the ground.

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