Check out just a few of the many success stories related to land reclamation.
- Big Ben Mine Shaft opening in Greene County
- Creighton Gob mine fire in Cass County
- Lester Davis State Memorial Forest Restoration Project
- Bee Veer Mine operated by Associated Electric Cooperative Inc., and the Cottonwood Creek Mine operated by Continental Coal Inc.
Quick Action by Land Reclamation Program Staff Saves Homes, Wins Award
The Land Reclamation Program was recognized for its quick response to the Big Ben Mine Shaft collapse in January 2013 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 about 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, during the AML Awards Banquet. The project was among those featured in OSMRE’s award video.
The department’s response to the collapse was featured in the Winter 2015 issue of Missouri Resources magazine.
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.