Minimizing the environmental effects during mining operations is only part of our responsibility. We’re also committed to reclaiming those projects to productive post-mining land use. Hecla has decades of experience at operating and closing mines successfully. Our plans of operations and mine design incorporate considerations for mine closure right from the very beginning. For example, the tailings storage facility will be reclaimed concurrently with operations – and throughout the mine’s life – using grasses and trees to create productive wildlife habitat. And prior to starting operations, we’ll post a bond to ensure that reclamation, water quality protection, and monitoring will be conducted as specified in the plan of operations.