Bee Hollow Land Reclamation

The Bee Hollow Reclamation Project reclaimed approximately 10 acres of abandoned coal mine lands near Excello in Macon County.  These lands were surface mined prior to the 1950’s.  The land is public property owned by the Missouri Department of Conservation, known as the Bee Hollow Conservation Area, approximately one mile south of Excello and one and one half miles west of State Highway 63 on Jackpot County Road. 

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Land Reclamation Commission awarded a $212,000 construction contract to BRS Construction located in Edina for removing, grading and vegetating approximately eight acres of dangerous piles and embankments and spoil piles to eliminate a safety threat.  A guardrail was installed to address a dangerous highwall located adjacent to a county road.  Additionally, the reclamation is expected to improve water quality by reducing the amount of acid-forming sediments that erode into nearby streams.

Funds for this project come from a surcharge on each ton of coal mined in the United States, as authorized by the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977.  Funds are collected by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining and are disbursed to state and tribal abandoned mine land programs.