THE DEVELOPMENT OF MINE REVEGETATION PROTOCOLS FOR THE HUDSON BAY LOWLAND, CANADA

World Mining Congress
Mining activity is increasing in northern boreal and subarctic regions of Canada. This is the case in the far north of Ontario, especially in and near the Hudson Bay Lowland (HBL). De Beers Canada opened the Victor diamond mine in the centre of the HBL in 2008, and advanced exploration and impact assessments are occurring to the west in the ‘Ring of Fire’ for ferrochrome, nickel/copper, iron/ vanadium and platinum-group elements, making it one of the richest mineral finds in Canada in recent years. However, the HBL is also a near-pristine, sensitive environment. Its peatlands forms the third largest wetland in the world and are globally important stores of terrestrial carbon. Human populations in the region are sparse, consisting almost entirely of First Nations communities.
Keywords: Mine; Mines; Reclamation; Ecosystems; Canada; Plants; Soil; Soils; Research;
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