Apple to Source Gold From Miners Who Commit to Restoring the Land They're Operating On

Apple to Source Gold From Miners Who Commit to Restoring the Land They're Operating On

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Apple has announced plans to source gold from miners who commit to restoring the land they're operating on.

In Alaska there are hundreds of small and large placer mining operations that produce gold. Placer mining sites sit along creeks and streams, giving miners the chance to re-mine for any nuggets or fine gold left over from the Yukon’s Klondike Gold Rush in the late 1890s.

Apple to Source Gold From Miners Who Commit to Restoring the Land They're Operating On

Often, the routes that salmon use to make their run to their spawning beds each year are adjacent to placer mining sites. Twelve of these Pacific salmon runs are now listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

“Salmon to our people is absolutely the most important aspect of the whole environment,” says Allen Edzerza, a Tahltan Nation elder and advisor to the British Columbia First Nations Energy and Mining Council. “But … in the pursuit of the metals, you see big scars on the landscape.”

Apple to Source Gold From Miners Who Commit to Restoring the Land They're Operating On

The causes for the ESA classification are not limited to mining. Add logging, urbanization, record wildfires and landslides in the region, and salmon runs don’t stand a chance. But RESOLVE, a nonprofit organization tackling some of the planet’s most critical challenges through innovative, unexpected partnerships, wants to fix that.

Their proposal: Combine re-mining with restoration to improve the streams and open them back up for salmon, grayling and other fish species to return.

Apple to Source Gold From Miners Who Commit to Restoring the Land They're Operating On

Since RESOLVE first introduced the Salmon Gold partnership in 2017, the organization is connecting local placer miners, environmentalists and government agencies in order to course correct the damage done from historic mining in the region. Apple — who uses small amounts of gold in electronic components throughout its products — and global luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. will source gold from these miners who have committed to restore and improve the land they’re operating on when they’re done.

“There’s a lot of tension between mining and salmon,” says Stephen D’Esposito, CEO of RESOLVE. “Salmon Gold is like a peace treaty between mining and salmon habitat. It’s a place where the three sectors can work together: the restoration community, First Nations and the mining industry.”

“As we continue to increase our use of recycled materials, we’re seeking out innovative ways to source gold responsibly,” says Paula Pyers, Apple’s head of Supplier Responsibility. “Partnering with Tiffany, a pioneer in sustainable sourcing, as well as RESOLVE ensures Salmon Gold can be an example of how the industry can evolve.”

More details about the program can be found at the link below...

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Apple to Source Gold From Miners Who Commit to Restoring the Land They're Operating On

Apple to Source Gold From Miners Who Commit to Restoring the Land They're Operating On

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