Mining Industry

ABR’s scientists have extensive experience providing environmental services to our clients in the mining industry, from southeast Alaska to Nunavut, Canada. We have conducted wildlife habitat evaluations and wildlife surveys at the Pogo and proposed Livengood mine in Interior Alaska; Rock Creek and Big Hurrah mines on the Seward Peninsula; the proposed Pebble Mine in southwestern Alaska; and the proposed Chuitna Mine in southcentral Alaska. We have conducted numerous baseline wetlands, vegetation, and soil inventories that not only support mine permitting needs but provide important data for developing reclamation and revegetation plans. These studies also assist in the development of mine monitoring programs for air quality and fugitive dust. ABR has provided reclamation and environmental monitoring expertise for the the Ekati Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territory of Canada and the Red Dog Mine in northwestern Alaska.  For assessing wildlife and fish (in both terrestrial and marine environments), ABR’s wildlife and fisheries specialists have worked collaboratively with the vegetation and wetlands mapping teams to provide quantitative estimates of wetland and upland habitat loss and alteration for the individual bird and mammal species of concern.

We can custom design and implement innovative solutions to meet both the unique needs of the mining industry and agency requirements for a wide range of environmental issues and service needs, including:

  • surveys for birds, mammals, and fish (addressing compliance with Essential Fish Habitat and ADF&G fish-passage requirements, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act)

  • ecological land surveys incorporating vegetation, terrain, soils, wetlands, and wildlife habitat mapping

  • water quality assessments and monitoring, including chemical, physical, and biological parameters

  • wetland determinations and mapping, aquatic site assessments, and regulatory compliance (e.g., Section 404 Clean Water Act permit support and mitigation planning)

  • baseline soils and vegetation inventories

  • GIS analyses of remote-sensed imagery to support landscape mapping, landscape change monitoring, and snowpack measurements and modeling

  • NEPA documentation, environmental impact assessments, and permitting support

  • ecological restoration and land rehabilitation (e.g., Alaska Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act compliance)

ABR's triple bottom line: "Environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic viability"