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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2013
41 Whitehaven Coal Limited Annual Report 2013 5.3 LAND MANAGEMENT & REHABILITATION Whitehaven is committed to carrying out rehabilitation activities in a manner that will lead to the development of a post-mining landscape that meets the objectives of being safe, stable and non-polluting and exhibits biodiversity values that are generally consistent or better than pre-mining biodiversity levels. Overview Under our approved management plans we aim to progressively rehabilitate the landform that we disturb and to identify and recover suitable resources (such as topsoil, habitat trees and other habitat features) during clearing activities, that will assist in meeting broader biodiversity related objectives. Across the group, rehabilitation activity was signi cantly higher in FY2013 than the previous year with approximately 86.5 hectares of land added to the rehabilitation areas. In total, Whitehaven currently has 470.7ha under rehabilitation. All sites have approved management plans, and annual environmental management reports which address the site's approach to land management and rehabilitation, and annual performance. These management plans and reports are available on the Company's website: www.whitehavencoal.com.au/environment.cfm Speci c initiatives During FY2013, a key focus on rehabilitation has been in those areas where our mining operations are most visible in order to address visual amenity impacts. Particular attention has been paid to reshaping and seeding the eastern emplacement area at Werris Creek, which is adjacent to the Werris Creek-Quirindi Road. At Rocglen, a large proportion of the southern face of the western emplacement and lower tiers of the northern emplacement have been reshaped and seeded, being visible from the adjacent Wean Road. The Canyon site is Whitehaven's oldest operation, with mining ceasing there in 2009. The rehabilitation on site is now maturing and provides a successful case study in mine-site regeneration. We continue to use innovative techniques on site including remotely sensed data from satellite imagery, LiDAR and EM38 (electro-magnetic survey) along with eld surveys to provide a thorough picture of performance of all levels of the rehabilitation. The monitoring has found good regeneration of the former mine site, particularly native perennial grass and herb cover. Tree and shrub plantings are also developing well and monitoring of the agricultural lands show performance is consistent with the agricultural control areas. Case Study Canyon 5 Environment
Annual Report 2012