Land Reclamation Program

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Picture ofThe Land Reclamation Program assures that mined land is returned to the best possible condition for use after mining is completed. Our program administers the State statutes, regulations, policies and directives of the Land Reclamation Commission.  We work to assure that Missouri's mineral resources are available for economic development, and after reclamation, the land is available for new development or public use.  The Land Reclamation Commission is a governing body that represent the Governor of Missouri and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in matters related to mineral extraction regulations. The commission is comprised of representatives from the industry, academia and the government.

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Leeton High School FFA Plants Trees at Reclamation SiteLeeton High School FFA Chapter Helps Plant Trees at Reclamation Site

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources would like to thank the Leeton High School FFA for assisting department staff in planting 200 trees on the Highland Highwall Reclamation Site near Calhoun in Henry County.

The reclamation work was completed at the site in 2012 and the landowners requested native trees be planted to reduce erosion and create wildlife habitat. Approximately 30 students and adults from the FFA chapter joined the department's environmental specialists Dave Dowdy, Daniel Wedemeyer, and Greg Snellen. The tree planting took approximately 4 hours and a monetary donation was provided to the school for their work by the Land Reclamation Program through federal funding provided by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Fund.

After the tree planting project was completed, the department's staff took the students on a nature walk and identified plants and animals found on the reclamation site.


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