The Klinse-Za caribou herd in northeastern B.C., whose current range resides approximately 110 kilometres northwest of our former Quintette Operations, has only about two dozen individuals left in the population due to decades of excessive predation and other factors. The most critical window for survival and proliferation of the herd is the spring when caribou females, known as cows, give birth.
As part of our ongoing work to enhance biodiversity, we undertook a unique conservation initiative in the East Kootenay region, purchasing approximately 7,150 hectares of private lands in the Elk Valley and Flathead River Valley.
The Quintette steelmaking coal mine, located in the Peace region of northeastern British Columbia, previously operated for a period of nearly 18 years, up until 2000. Since 2010, work has been conducted to prepare the site for a potential restart. The area is also home to the woodland caribou, which was designated a species at risk in Canada in 2002. The Quintette project was designed to minimize and mitigate our impact on the caribou. The creation of a caribou mitigation and monitoring plan (CMMP) was integral to this process.
For over a decade, Highland Valley Copper (HVC) Operations has been building nesting boxes for bluebirds in reclaimed areas of the mine site and conducting monitoring of the boxes and the birds who make them their homes.
In 2012, we continued to form partnerships with communities, Indigenous Peoples, organizations and institutions around the world to facilitate our efforts related to water stewardship, environmental management and health care.