Highland Valley is home to Canada's largest open copper mining operation. Some 6,500 hectares have been disturbed by mining with only 1,600 hectares reclaimed by the end of 1999. Provincial legislation requires open pit mines to reclaim disturbed lands to a grass stage only. Therefore, in 2000 39,870 conifers and 16,500 hardwoods were planted to continue the establishment of mixed forest types for wildlife corridors. The conifers will create visual and thermal cover for wildlife, important for moose winter ranges, and the hardwoods will provide browse, thermal and visual cover during the summer months. A Highland Valley Open House was attended by almost 1,300 people, most whom participated in reclamation tours and visited the displays. The Tree Canada Foundation and Eddie Bauer also supported this project.
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