- Mining Month: Aug. 31, 2017
- Kinross Gold Partners with Trout Unlimited and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for Habitat Near Yellowstone National Park
August 30, 2017
In an Aug. 17 ceremony in Montana, Kinross Gold announced its partnership with Trout Unlimited and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to protect and conserve important fish and wildlife habitat adjacent to Yellowstone National Park.
As part of its remediation and reclamation plans for the Mineral Hill Mine, a subsidiary of Kinross donated water rights representing approximately three billion gallons of water to Trout Unlimited to permanently protect vital fish habitat in tributaries of the Yellowstone River. It also reached a conservation easement agreement with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to permanently protect a 549-acre land corridor used as an important elk migration route and scenic Yellowstone National Park viewshed.
“Mining responsibly is an imperative at Kinross and guides decision-making at all of our properties,” said J. Paul Rollinson, Kinross Gold president and CEO. “We are proud to partner with Trout Unlimited and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to achieve positive benefits for the environment and local community by protecting important fish and wildlife habitat in the Yellowstone area.”
Mining in the Mineral Hill region dates back to the 1860s, and many generations of Americans have benefited from the rich mineral endowment in the area. After the Mineral Hill Mine’s closure, the company’s extensive reclamation activities earned the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Hard Rock Mineral Environmental Award in 2011.