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RECOGNIZED FOR INNOVATION – Guy and Lisa Favron at Favron Enterprises received the Leckie 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 are expected to do. As well, the Favrons sought permission to use the lumber on their claim to heat their home and shop in Dawson City. Photo by ARCHBOULD PHOTOGRAPHY

Government recognizes excellence in mining practices

The winners of the 2022 Robert E. Leckie Awards were announced at the 50th Annual Geoscience Forum and Trade Show banquet held Monday evening.

By Whitehorse Star on November 22, 2022

The winners of the 2022 Robert E. Leckie Awards were announced at the 50th Annual Geoscience Forum and Trade Show banquet held Monday evening.

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.

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Just Sayin' on Nov 23, 2022 at 11:22 am

If you look at Waterline, one can observe Little Flake's water licence is set to expire, and wetland licences for placer mining are not being renewed. Therefore, reclamation had to occur, and they won an award for completing an obligation they agreed to.

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Best trained dogs don’t need a whip on Nov 22, 2022 at 6:08 pm

Reclamation and the seeking of permission to use your own lumber win the mining excellence award? Good boy. Lay down. Roll over. Play dead.

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yxy on Nov 22, 2022 at 3:24 pm

While those who do reclaim their sites to a high standard should be recognized, the elephant in the room are sites like Wolverine, Ketza and of course let’s not forget Faro.
The recipients of this award are literally drops in the bucket of mine sites that will be under federal government (our money) care and maintenance for the foreseeable future.
The Yukon needs to have iron clad security deposits that can’t be interred with by ministers nor can they be disputed by the companies like Victoria Gold who are currently taking the water board to court over their assessment.

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