Hecla Mining Company ( NYSE:HL) is pleased to announce receiving the 2013 Excellence in Hard Rock Mine Reclamation Award from the Colorado Mine Land Reclamation Board. The award was presented at the 116th National Western Mining Conference and Exhibit for the contemporaneous reclamation of prospecting sites near Creede in Mineral County, Colorado.

The company was commended for protecting drill access routes with wood frame mats to minimize impact and expedite reclamation. The company also reclaimed drill sites, in a timely manner, to approximate original contour, reapplied topsoil and revegetated with a two-stage planting process to enhance germination. In addition, the company used Aspen waddles to control site erosion.

“We are pleased to be recognized by the State of Colorado and the Colorado Mining Association for our reclamation at the San Juan Silver project,” said Phillips S. Baker, Jr., CEO of Hecla Mining Company. “Environmental stewardship is a hallmark of all our activities. We compliment our employees and contractors involved in this reclamation effort.”

About Hecla

Hecla Mining Company ( NYSE:HL) is a leading low-cost U.S. silver producer with operating mines in Alaska and Idaho, and is a growing gold producer with an operating mine in Quebec, Canada. The Company also has exploration and pre-development properties in five world-class silver and gold mining districts in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and an exploration office and investments in early-stage silver exploration projects in Canada.

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