Vale’s annual aerial seeding program will take place between Sept. 28 and Oct. 9 with the use of helicopters.
Vale’s aerial seeding program targets barren land requiring reclamation around the company’s operations.
The program, which started in 1990 under Inco and continued under Vale’s ownership, has treated more than 3,900 hectares (9,650 acres) of land to date. This year’s treatment area will be approximately 100 hectares (247 acres), north of Wahnapitae.
While every effort will be made not to fly over nearby residential areas, local residents may notice low-flying helicopters near Wahnapitae.
“Residents are advised that this is part of Vale’s normal land reclamation activities and the low flight paths are necessary for the work to be effective,” said the company in a news release.
Weather permitting, planes will depart from a private airstrip in Coniston and deposit loads of agricultural limestone, grass seed and fertilizer on the designated treatment areas.