At Mosaic, our reclamation activities start before we mine. We understand that mining is a temporary use of the land, and we are leading the industry in developing effective methods of returning mined lands to productive uses for both wildlife and people.

  • Our Florida Phosphate operations mined 2,198 acres and reclaimed 5,145 acres during 2010. Mosaic restores or reclaims at least every acre of land that is impacted by our phosphate mining activities, with an emphasis on connectivity of systems to ensure viable ecosystems and to maximize biodiversity. In keeping with our commitment to land stewardship, Mosaic has reclaimed former mining areas for habitat or public recreational uses. Mosaic has successfully reclaimed mined land for use as wetlands, lakes, uplands, wildlife habitats and pasture lands. Additionally, the land has been used for housing developments, agriculture, industrial sites, power plants, landfills, parks, golf courses and pine tree plantations.
  • In 2010, Mosaic planted more than 1.3 million trees as part of our reclamation activities. As of December 31, 2010, our Florida Phosphate operations owned 21,136 acres on which we have proposed, committed or executed a conservation easement, in order to ensure the long-term protection of lands or waters of particular sensitivity.
  • During the 2011 reporting period, our potash mine in Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan, continued the process of closing and returning the land to an environmentally favorable condition at various solution mine borehole sites. We are in the process of plugging inactive production wells and restoring the land to a functional ecological system. These efforts are coordinated with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Energy and Resources, as well as the Ministry of Environment.
  • Mosaic is actively undertaking agricultural research and development on our clay settling areas and selected reclaimed sites. This work includes experimenting with crops that can be used for food (nuts, berries and vegetables), energy sources (eucalyptus species, cottonwood and sugar cane) and commercial crops (alfalfa, corn and sorghum). Another aspect of this work involves growing Bermuda grass sod for use in the closure of gypsum stacks and erosion control. More than 2.5 million square feet of sod was produced in fiscal 2011, ensuring a readily available internal supply and resulting in an operating cost savings of approximately $50,000 per year.
  • Mosaic is continually updating our long-term water strategy for our Florida operations, with the goal to conserve water resources and reduce the amount of water we impound for operational use. To accomplish this, we are investigating opportunities to reduce consumptive use of groundwater and utilize alternative sources. Over the next several years, Mosaic will investigate and test operational improvements that are aligned with this strategy.