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Trapper Mine to receive Good Neighbor Award

Wildlife returns to reclaimed lands after mining operations have been completed.
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CRAIG — The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement is recognizing Trapper Mine for its reclamation efforts.

Trapper Mine is to receive the Good Neighbor Award in Washington D.C. later this month. The Good Neighbor Award is given to mining operations for successfully working with surrounding landowners and the community to reclaim land following mining operations, according to an OSMRE news release.

The other mining operation to receive the Good Neighbor Award is Bear Run Mine in Carlisle, Indiana.

Big Sky Mining, in Rosebud County, Montana; and Wild Boar Mine, in Lynnville, Indiana; will receive the National Award for achieving exemplary mining and reclamation in the country for specific aspects of reclamation, such as implementation of sedimentation control practices.

The OSMRE selected Trapper Mine for the Good Neighbor Award based on a range of community activities, including building a soccer field with mine equipment and workers, catering for law enforcement agencies, contributing more that $700,000 to the local communities and projects, creating hunting and outdoors program for people with disabilities, and funding research on the sharp-tailed grouse. Trapper is also maintains up a trust fund to provide grant money for future community activities after mining is completed.

“It’s an honor for Trapper Mining to be recognized by the OSMRE.” Trapper Mine manager Michael Morriss said, “Trapper Mine has a proud, 40-plus year history of participating in our local community to enrich the area where our employees work and live. We are proud of being recognized for our excellence in reclamation restoration efforts to place the land we mine back in equivalent — and most of the time better — condition than before we started.”

He added that a significant number of Trapper’s employees are actively engaged in leadership throughout Moffat County and that the mine is proud to call Moffat County its home.

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