Every Habitat & Species Matters

DMA: Biodiversity

We recognize that our operation affects the environment we share with local wildlife and their habitats. Every habitat and species matters and we have designed the Detour Lake mine to minimize our impact on biodiversity.

Our environmental planning processes help us identify, understand and assess biodiversity risks and develop plans to reduce them. We also seek early and regular input from regulatory agencies, governments and Aboriginal communities to refine plans and incorporate effective conservation measures. We assess our impact on biodiversity following a mitigation hierarchy ranging from avoidance, to mitigation and finally to compensation.

Where land is disturbed by our activities, we reclaim as much of it as possible while we are still operating, and will then complete the reclamation once the mine closes. See Closure Planning to learn more.

2016 Performance


Woodland caribou are considered a ‘threatened’ species in Ontario and are therefore one of the main species of concern for us at Detour Gold. In 2016, we worked with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) to implement a GPS tracking program to better understand the caribou’s use of the habitat surrounding the mine property. The information collected has helped us adjust our exploration, operation and growth planning for the future. We have also engaged in discussion with MNRF on ways to improve the habitat in the Kesagami Range and specifically areas near the mine site.

During our ongoing closure planning work, we have continued to keep biodiversity in mind by developing specific objectives for the reclaimed areas of the mine. Using Traditional Ecological Knowledge and our current understanding of the biodiversity in the area, we are ensuring the types of vegetation planted will be able to sustain a variety of species and ecosystems.


Approximately 117 ha of our mining lease was cleared in 2016 for the ongoing development of the site. Most of the land cleared was needed for storing waste rock and overburden.