Michael Vice

Michael Vice is the reclamation specialist for Monsanto Company in eastern Idaho. His company has won numerous awards for their reclamation efforts.

"I will be the first to admit that mining is ugly. It is. If we’re going to be a civilized world though, we have to mine. If we’re going to mine, can we be responsible stewards of the land?"

"It (reclamation) is required by the regulations, and, quite honestly, it's the right thing to do. Why leave land in a poor condition from mining? It should be put back to better or equal to what it was before mining."

"This was reclaimed about 10 years ago. Imagine what it’s going to look like in another ten years, and then ten years after that."

"I believe that we are making a difference. Seeing the animals on the land. Seeing them use the wildlife habitat, the brush piles and the rock piles that we build. They're the ones that decide whether or not we've made a difference. It's all about them, really."

Watch a 2 minute interview with Michael Vice, Monsanto's reclamation specialist, on the phosphate company's efforts to reclaim the landscape.
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