Progressive reclamation and soil salvage
Land is reclaimed as soon as possible, as soon as work in a specific area is over and the area is able to be put back to a boreal forest ecosystem. This is an example of progressive reclamation. Even though Kearl is still under construction, reclamation has already started.
To make progressive reclamation possible, soil that is disturbed in the mining and construction process is removed, segregated and stored. At the same time, seeds from local, native plants, shrubs and trees are collected and also properly stored for future reclamation. This enables the land to be reclaimed to a natural landscape that meets the needs of local stakeholders, providing aquatic and wildlife habitat.