Courtenay, B.C. - The British Columbia Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation (TRCR) and the Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA) present the 34th annual B.C. Mine Reclamation Symposium and 35th Canadian Land Reclamation Association Conference, "Reclamation from Planning to Closure", from September 20 - 23, 2010 in Courtenay, B.C.

Papers and posters at the symposium address mine reclamation and related issues. Participants include members of the mining industry, consultants, students, all levels of government, non-government organizations, and other interested parties, both from within British Columbia and around the world. Since 1977, the Committee has also presented a large jade trophy, now called the Jake McDonald Mine Reclamation Award, to recognize outstanding achievement in mine reclamation in British Columbia. In addition to this major award, citations are given to recognize merit in categories of exploration, metal mines, coal mines, placer operations, and sand and gravel pits.

Highlights are as follows:

Monday, September 20: Tour of Mt. Washington Mine, Courtenay
Tuesday, September 21: Tour of Island Copper Mine, Port Hardy
Wednesday, September 22: Technical Presentations and Awards Banquet
Thursday, September 23: Technical Presentations

A full detailed schedule is available at www.trcr.bc.ca/events.htm

British Columbia is a global centre of excellence for the reclamation of both historic and operating mineral exploration and mine sites. Mineral exploration and mining in B.C. employ over 26,000 people and contribute over $7 billion annually to the B.C. economy. There are currently 20 major coal and metal mines in operation and 26 projects seeking permitting or environment approvals in B.C. The Mine Reclamation Symposium provides a forum for sharing knowledge that ensures today’s practices benefit the environment both now and into the future.

About the Technical & Research Committee on Reclamation (TRCR):

The TRCR originated, and first became active, in the early 1970s in response to a demonstrated need in the British Columbia mining sector for greater government-industry communication in the area of environmental protection and reclamation. Membership is drawn from industry, provincial and federal government agencies, exploration and mining associations, and universities and colleges. The Committee meets to discuss matters of joint concern and interest, exchange experiences, plan activities, and prioritize research needs. It sponsors the B.C. Mine Reclamation Symposium and studies on reclamation-related issues.

For more information, please contact either:

Carla Fraser, Chair, B.C. Technical & Research Committee on Reclamation at 250-430-7273 or Carla.Fraser@teck.com , or

Bryan Tisch, President, Canadian Land Reclamation Association at 613-943-8746 or btisch@nrcan.gc.ca