Outstanding Reclamation: Irvin and Maryjane Sharp.
The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) announced the recipients of its annual Mined Land Reclamation Awards. Each year, DOGAMI and an independent panel of experts select mine sites and operators to receive awards for excellence in reclamation, mine operation, and habitat protection. The awards were presented June 22, 2017 during the Oregon Concrete & Aggregate Producers Association Annual Meeting.
This year, the recipients’ reclamation encompassed a variety of projects, including protecting endangered fish through the construction of engineered channels, reclaiming mined land to timber production concurrently with completion of mining, and reclaiming mined land for industrial business use. The awards went to the following mine sites:
- Outstanding Reclamation: Irvin and Maryjane Sharp for exceeding requirements and creating diverse riparian habitat in final reclamation of their sand and gravel site outside Molalla.
- Voluntary Reclamation: Scappoose Sand & Gravel Co. for its multi-decade commitment to restoring mined land back to industrial use through innovative techniques in recycling and backfilling.
- Outstanding Operator: South Chemult Pumice Inc. for excellent ongoing operations, including concurrent reclamation practices.
- Good Neighbor Award: Charles and Irene Kornegay for their quick and sustained efforts to address previous operator errors at their upland quarry near The Dalles, and working with the adjacent landowner to protect property and natural resources.
- Oregon Plan Award: Knife River Corp. Northwest for its commitment to ensuring long-term stability of a Sweet Home site by protecting endangered fish species through engineering solutions, as well as final reclamation of mined land to fish and wildlife habitat.