Reclaimed mining site now a flat land area with many trees, small ponds and ground cover, with a mountain in the distance

The Land Reclamation Program provides technical support for the Missouri Mining Commission. The commission regulates the surface mining of coal and other mineral commodities (such as lead, barite, tar sands, clay, limestone, sand, and gravel). Staff regulatory duties include developing regulations, permitting, inspection, complaint investigation, bonding and enforcement. Staff reclamation duties include human health and environmental hazard assessment, reclamation plan designs, contracting, budgeting, public relations, landowner education, construction oversight and maintenance of reclaimed abandoned mine lands and bond forfeiture mine lands until responsibility release is approved by the commission.

Meet the Director - Guy Frazier

Guy Frazier, Land Reclamation Program Director

Guy Frazier became director of the Land Reclamation Program for the department's Missouri Geological Survey, effective Jan. 1, 2024. Guy joined the department in 1992 after serving six years in the military. He started out as district coordinator with Soil and Water Conservation Program, followed by a term as project manager and later a planner in the Federal Facilities Section of the Environmental Remediation Program (formerly the Hazardous Waste Program). Guy went on to serve as a member of the On-Site Assistance Team with the Environmental Assistance Center.

For the past 17 years Guy has been with the Land Reclamation Program working in areas of industrial mineral mines, bond forfeiture reclamation sites and coal mine permitting, inspection and enforcement as a unit chief.