Land Reclamation Program
The 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 Missouri Mining 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 Missouri Mining Commission is a governing body that represents 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 industry, academia and government.
Stakeholder Meetings Held
Land Reclamation Program staff held public meetings to seek input on a proposed fee increase to industrial minerals producers. A rule change is required to modify the fee structure. The most recent meetings were held May 13, 14, 15 and 18, 2015. Notices about upcoming meetings will be noted here and on the Rules in Development Web page. Once an agreement has been reached, the draft rule also will be posted there.
The Abandoned Mine Lands Viewer assists the public in identifying locations that have been the subject of reclamation of coal mining activities. The AML Viewer may be used to locate major coal reclamation projects completed by the department’s Land Reclamation Program between 2000 and 2014.
Blasting is an activity associated with open pit mining of industrial minerals in Missouri. There has been confusion among the public about who to contact concerning blasting at an industrial mineral open pit mine site. The misconception is that the Land Reclamation Program regulates blasting at open pit industrial mineral mine sites. Blasting at industrial mineral open pit mine sites is regulated by the Missouri Division of Fire Safety, Missouri Blasting Safety Act. Therefore, the Land Reclamation Program created this video to inform the public about land reclamation requirements for open pit mining operations as well as information about the Missouri Blasting Safety Act and the Missouri Division of Fire Safety. This video helps to clarify the distinction between Land Reclamation Program and Missouri Division of Fire Safety roles at industrial mineral open pit mine operations. Watch the video.
Quick Action by Land Reclamation Program Staff Saves Homes, Wins Award
The Land Reclamation Program has been recognized for its quick response to a January 2013 mine shaft collapse that threatened two Springfield homes.
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement awarded the program the 2014 Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Award – Small Project Award for its response to the subsidence of soil into the Big Ben mine shaft. The subsidence threatened the foundations of two homes located near the opening.
The program dispatched environmental engineer Brent Willeford, and environmental specialists Mike Mueller and Greg Snellen to the site to assess the situation. LRP staff oversaw the stabilization of the two homes’ foundations and the proper closing of the shaft. Additional details of the response are available online.
OSMRE presented the award at the annual conference of the National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs in Columbus, Ohio, in September, during the AML Awards Banquet. The project was among those featured in OSMRE’s award video.
The department’s response to the collapse is also scheduled to be featured in the Winter 2015 issue of Missouri Resources.
Leeton 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.
The latest news from the Land Reclamation Program
- Biennial Report, 2012-2013
- Biennial Report, 2010-2011
- General Process for a Quarry State Mining Permit
- History of Mining in Missouri
- Industrial and Metallic Mineral Mine Sites
- Industrial Mineral Permit Applications
- Interstate Mining Compact Commission
- Program Services
- Missouri Permitted Mines