Cambior USA, the operator of the Valdez Creek placer mine in central Alaska, deserves credit for the successful reclamation at the mine site. Gold was mined between 1983 and 1995. Reclamation was conducted concurrently with mining where possible. Final reclamation was completed one year after mining ceased. The mine operators were presented with the Alaska Governorís Award for mine reclamation and a BLM Health of the Land Award. Photos show the open pit mining operation, recontouring of the surface, and recovery of vegetation during the first two summers. Fishery and wildlife habitat were not only protected, but improved by providing increased wetland area. Historical buildings were preserved.