Miners receive award

two LOCAL miners received an award for their reclamation work at an old mine.

two LOCAL miners received an award for their reclamation work at an old mine.

Eli Christiansen and his partner Moril Daigle won the 2011 Placer Reclamation Award for a mining site the pair worked on near Douglas Creek for seven years.

“It feels great to be recognized for the work we’ve done,” said Christiansen.

“This also helps to inform the public that mining does not necessarily destroy an area involved with mining operations.”

Christiansen, who has been placer mining for 35 years, said at the end of each season, all the dirt and ground that’s removed was put back to, or close to, its original state.

The award description and reasons said “… the work completed is deserving of recognition and sets an example of good practice for other placer operations throughout the province.”

And that the area “shows successful natural regrowth of alder and small fir trees that are native to the area” three years after the site was shut down.