The winners of the 2022 Robert E. Leckie Awards were announced at the 50th Annual Geoscience Forum and Trade Show banquet held
This year’s recipients are Parker Schnabel and Guy and Lisa Favron.
The Award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship was presented to Parker Schnabel for the reclamation work at the Little Flake placer mine and legacy areas mined by previous generations.
“The operation stands as a prime example of how a placer mine can be progressively reclaimed, or cleaned up as work is underway,” the Yukon government said in a statement Tuesday.
Guy and Lisa Favron at Favron Enterprises received the Award for Responsible and Innovative Exploration and Mining Practices for their
ongoing reclamation work on their property at Sulphur Creek.
“They are leaders when it comes to progressive reclamation and recognized as going above and beyond what they’re expected to do,” the government said.
As well, the Favrons sought permission to use the lumber on their claim to heat their home and shop in Dawson City.
“Thank you to all of the nominees and winners for their fine work and to all the other operators in the Yukon who continue to respect and care for our land and environment,” said Energy, Mines and Resources Minister John Streicker.
“Your efforts and contributions to sustainable and responsible mining practices will inspire Yukon’s mining industry for future generations.”
The Leckie Awards acknowledge companies who have demonstrated excellence in environmental stewardship, outstanding social responsibility, leadership and innovation in mining practices.
The awards are given in honour of Robert (Bob) E. Leckie, a Mayo mining inspector and innovator who was dedicated to the development of progressive land use practices for mining.