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Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Awards Winners

Wildlife on Reclaimed Land

Wildlife on Reclaimed Land.

Active Mine Awards

The Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Awards are presented to coal mining companies that achieve the most exemplary coal mine reclamation in the nation. Past winners have demonstrated a commitment to sound mining practices and effective reclamation plans that enhanced beneficial post-mining use of the land. OSMRE has honored high quality coal mine land reclamation since 1986. All winning projects go beyond reclamation requirements to achieve superior results in returning a site to productive use after completion of mining.

2017 Winners

For the first time ever, OSMRE will honor a reclamation project that resulted from collaboration between mining companies and non-mining groups. That effort is recognized with this year’s Good Neighbor Award. The Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Awards is presented in partnership with the National Mining Association. This year’s awards will be presented on November 6, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Read the 2017 Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Awards Media Advisory.

  • National Award
    Cloud Peak Energy: Spring Creek Coal, LLC – Spring Creek Mine, Montana

    • The judges chose Cloud Peak’s Spring Creek Mine as one of two National Award Winners based on the company’s innovative use of soil mixtures and a variety of planted and seeded vegetation over a large area. The growth of a large assortment of plants led to greater and denser habitat for threatened wildlife such as sage grouse, as well as songbirds, raptors, rabbits, mule deer and pronghorn antelope.

      Watch the 2017 OSMRE Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Awards video about the National Award Winner project by Cloud Peak Energy.


      Spring Creek Mine Project

      Spring Creek Mine Project.

      Spring Creek Mine Project

      Spring Creek Mine Project.

      Spring Creek Mine Project

      Spring Creek Mine Project.

  • National Award
    Arch Coal: Coal-Mac LLC – Pine Creek 2 Surface Mine, West Virginia

    • The judges awarded Coal-Mac’s Pine Creek 2 Surface Mine a National Award based on the development and use of multiple techniques to control threats to water quality, such as selenium pollution, total dissolved solids and conductivity. The company isolated and treated spoil that might lead to higher selenium pollution. The company also developed bioreactor systems to control selenium from entering into water that leaves the mine site leading to a 90% reduction in selenium discharges. Coal-Mac also utilized alternate topsoil material for planting in reclaimed sites leading to better vegetation in those areas.

      Watch the 2017 OSMRE Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Awards video about the National Award Winner project by Arch Coal.


      Pond at Pine Creek 2 Surface Mine project site

      Pond at Pine Creek 2 Surface Mine project site.

      Aerial view of two reconstructed and reclaimed valley fills.

      Aerial view of two reconstructed and reclaimed valley fills.

      Bioreactor systems were developed on the site to control selenium from entering into water that leaves the mine site. This led to a 90% reduction in selenium discharges.

      Bioreactor systems were developed on the site to control selenium from entering into water that leaves the mine site.

  • Good Neighbor Award
    Thunder Basin Grasslands Prairie Ecosystem Association – Five Coal Mining Companies in Northeastern Wyoming:
    Arch Coal, Inc.; Cloud Peak Energy, Inc.; Contura Energy, Inc.; Kiewit Mining Group, Inc.; Peabody Energy

    • The judges selected the Thunder Basin association for its innovative collaboration between non-coal organizations and coal companies to enhance area-wide reclamation. The association began in 1998, as a collection of 24 livestock and agricultural producers. The first coal company joined the group in 2001. Two years later, five more coal companies joined the collaboration. Over 14 years, the group has worked to maintain responsible economic use of land and mineral resources and effective stewardship of land and wildlife. The conservation effort covers more than 13 million acres, and the mining companies were integral to developing and then completing a comprehensive reclamation strategy in the area.

      Watch the 2017 OSMRE Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Awards video about the Good Neighbor Award Winner project by Thunder Basin Grasslands Prairie Ecosystem Association.


      Thunder Basin Grasslands Prairie Ecosystem Association Project

      Cows grazing on reclamation site.

      Sagebrush seedlings ready to be planted during Arch Coal held tours with school groups to promote an understanding of the mining and reclamation process.

      Sagebrush seedlings ready to be planted.

      Peabody Energy Sagebrush seeding workshop.

      Peabody Energy Sagebrush seeding workshop.

  • 2016 Winners

    • Western Regional Award Winner: BHP Billiton/Navajo Transitional Energy Corporation, Fruitland, NM - BHP Billiton and the Navajo Transitional Energy Corporation determined that the original reclamation of a site first completed in 1976 was not performing up to the company’s standards. The operator decided that the original engineering-based reclamation should be removed in favor of the newer technique of geomorphic reclamation.
    • Mid-Continent Regional Award Winner: Solar Sources, Cannelburg Mining Complex, Cannelburg, IN - Solar Sources has committed to performing reclamation while coal mining operations are going on in disturbed areas. To accomplish this, the company typically segregates topsoil that is ideal for farming, then replaces the topsoil and includes needed nutrients to bring the area back to a prime farmland designation when mining is completed.
    • Appalachian Regional Award Winner: Westmoreland Coal Company/Oxford Mining, Cadiz, OH - Westmoreland Coal and the Oxford Mining Company have won three Excellence in Coal Mine Reclamation Award in five years in the same area, but for different projects. IN this case, the company reclaimed more than eight miles of dangerous highwalls from previously abandoned mines near roads, homes and business; creating more than seventeen thousand feet of continuous streambeds; filling dozens of old slurry impoundments; and turning some of the reclaimed areas into 23 acres of valuable wetlands, and still more grazing lands.
    • National Award Winner: Northampton Fuels Supply Company, Nanticoke, PA - Northampton Fuels won its first national award while taking advantage of a change in the law that allows remining of a previously mined site without having to go through the extensive permitting process associated with new mines. In this case, the company accepted the liability of reclaiming a 70-year old abandoned mine site that contained a pile of waste coal almost 700 feet high.

    • More information on these award winners can be found on the 2016 Active Mine Winners web page.
  • 2015 Winners

    • Good Neighbor Award Winner: Mingo Logan Coal Company, Left Fork #2 Mine, Sharples, WV
    • Western Regional Award Winner: Cloud Peak Energy Cordero Rojo Mine, WY
    • Mid-Continent Regional Award Winner: Vigo Coal Company, Red Brush Mine, IN
    • Appalachian Regional Award Winner: Paramont Coal Company, Hawk's Nest Mine, VA

    • More information on these award winners can be found on the 2015 Active Mine Winners web page.
  • 2014 Winners

    • Mid-Continent Regional Award Winner: Mississippi Lignite Mining Company Active Mine Land Reclamation Project, Ackerman, MS
    • Western Regional Award Winner: Cloud Peak Energy Antelope Coal Mine
    • Good Neighbor Award Winner: Alpha Natural Resources of Elk Run Coal Company, Whitesville, WV

    • More information on these award winners can be found on the 2014 Active Mine Winners web page.
  • 2013 Awards - No Awards

  • 2012 Winners

    • Mid-Continent Regional Award Winner: Cottage Grove Mine, Peabody Energy, Equality, Illinois
    • Western Regional Award Winner: Dave Johnston Mine, Glenrock Coal Company, Glenrock, Wyoming
    • National Award Winner: North Antelope Rochelle Mine, Peabody Powder River Mining, LLC, Wright, Wyoming
    • Good Neighbor Award Winner: Alcoa Sandow Mine, Alcoa, Inc., Rockdale, Texas
    • Good Neighbor Award Winner: Antelope, Cordero Rojo, and Spring Creek Mines, Cloud Peak Energy Resources LLC, Gillette, Wyoming

    • More information on these award winners can be found on the 2012 Active Mine Winners web page.
  • 2011 Winners

    • National Award Winner: Oxford Mining Company of Columbus, Ohio
    • National Award Winner: Big Horn Coal Company of Sheridan County, Wyoming
    • Good Neighbor Award Winner: Oxford Mining Company of Columbus, Ohio
    • Director's Award Winner: Western Energy Company of Colstrip, Montana
    • Director's Award Winner: Big Sky Coal Company of Colstrip, Montana
  • 2010 Winners

    • Coal-Mac, Incorporated of Holden, WV
    • Larry D. Baumgardner Coal Company, Inc. of Lanse, Pennsylvania
    • Antelope Coal, LLC of Gillette, Wyoming
    • Western Fuels-Wyoming, Inc. of Gillette, Wyoming
    • ICG Beckley, LLC of Eccles, West Virginia
    • Energy West Mining Company of Huntington, Utah
  • 2009 Winners

    • Director's Award Winner: Luminant Mining Company, LLC, Fairfield, Texas
    • National Award Winner: Peabody Energy’s Black Beauty Coal Company, Viking Mine, Daviess County, Indiana
    • National Award Winner: Spring Creek Coal, LLC, Spring Creek Mine, Decker, Montana
    • National Award Winner: San Juan Coal Company, La Plata Mine, La Plata, New Mexico
    • National Award Winner: Peabody Energy’s Caballo Mine, Campbell County, Wyoming
    • Good Neighbor Bronze Award Winner: Coulterville Coal Company, LLC, Gateway Mine, Randolph County, Illinois
    • Good Neighbor Silver Award Winner: Patriot Coal Company, LP, Patriot Surface Mine, Henderson County, Kentucky
    • Good Neighbor Gold Award Winner: North American Coal Corporation, Red Hills Mine, Choctaw County, Mississippi
  • 2008 Winners

    • Director's Award Winner: Luminant Mining - Big Brown Mine, Martin Lake Mine, Monticello Mine, Oak Hill Mine, Thermo Mine, Texas
    • National Award Winner: International Coal Company, ICG Eastern, Birch River Complex, West Virginia
    • National Award Winner: Rio Tinto Energy America, Jacobs Ranch Mine, Wyoming
    • National Award Winner: Peabody Energy, Black Beauty Coal Company, Miller Creek Mine, Sugar Ridge Pit, Indiana
    • National Award Winner: Massey Energy, Road Fork Development, Superior Surface Mines, West Virginia
    • Good Neighbor Bronze Award Winner: Arch Coal, Thunder Basin Coal Company, LLC, Black Thunder Mine, Wyoming
    • Good Neighbor Silver Award Winner: Rio Tinto Energy America, Antelope Mine, Cordero Rojo Mine, Jacobs Ranch Mine, Wyoming
    • Good Neighbor Gold Award Winner: Arch Coal, Coal-Mac INC., West Virginia
  • 2007 Winners

    • Director's Award Winner: Foundation Coal West, INC., Belle Ayr Mine, Caballo Creek Channel Reclamation, Wyoming
    • National Award Winner: Peabody Energy, Black Beauty Coal Company, Somerville Central Mine, Indiana
    • National Award Winner: Associated Electric Cooperative, INC., (AECI) BeeVeer Mine, Missouri
    • National Award Winner: North American Coal Company, Falkirk Mine, North Dakota
    • National Award Winner: Peabody Energy, Northwest Colorado Operations – Seneca Mine, Seneca Yoast Mine, Twenty-Mile, Mine, and Hayden Gulch Mine and Terminal, Colorado
    • National Award Winner: Arch Coal, Coal-Mac, INC. Holden 22 Surface Mine, West Virginia
    • National Award Winner: Peabody Energy, Peabody Coal Company, Gibraltar Mine, Kentucky
    • Good Neighbor Bronze Award Winner: Peabody Energy, Caballo Coal Company, Caballo Mine, Wyoming
    • Good Neighbor Silver Award Winner: Peabody Energy, Black Beauty Coal Company Somerville Central Mine, Indiana
    • Good Neighbor Gold Award Winner: Arch Coal, Mingo Logan Coal Company, West Virginia
  • 2006 Winners

    • Director's Award Winner: TXU Mining Company, D1 Mining Area, Oakhill, Texas
    • National Award Winner: Pritchard Mining Company, Lens Creek Mine #2 Kanawah and Boone Counties, West Virgina
    • National Award Winner: Peabody Energy Seneca Coal Company, Seneca II West Mine, Routt County, Colorado
    • National Award Winner: Peabody Coal Company, Lynnville Mine, Warrick County, Indiana
    • National Award Winner: Paramont’s Black Bear Mine, Virginia
    • National Award Winner: United Minerals and Black Beauty Coal Company's West Fork Mine, Daviess County, Indiana
    • National Award Winner: North American Coal Corporation, Red Hills Mine, Ackerman, Mississippi
    • National Award Winner: Black Beauty Coal Company, Cedar Creek Mine, Schuyler County Illinois
    • National Award Winner: Alcoa Sandow Mine, Rockdale, Texas
    • Good Neighbor Bronze Award Winner: AEP Kentucky Coal, Lick Creek, Kentucky
    • Good Neighbor Silver Award Winner: Thunder Basin Coal Company, Black Thunder Mine, Wright, Wyoming
    • Good Neighbor Gold Award Winner: Western Energy Company, Rosebud Mine Colstrip, Montana
    • Best-of-the-Best Award: Roy Karo
  • 2005 Winners

    • National Award Winner: Peabody Western Coal Company, Kayenta/Black Mesa Mines, Arizona
    • National Award Winner: Red River Coal Company, Humphries Enterprises, Inc., Virginia
    • National Award Winner: Foundation Coal Holdings, Delta Mine, Illinois
    • National Award Winner: Western Energy Company, Rosebud Mine, Montana
    • National Award Winner: United Coals, Stenger/Bond Surface Mine, West Virginia
    • National Award Winner: Peabody Coal Company, Universal Mine Slurry Wetland, Indiana
    • National Award Winner: Kennocott Energy, Spring Creek Mine, Montana
    • Director's Award (Reclamation including abandoned mine land): Arch of Wyoming, Seminoe #1 Mine, Wyoming
    • Good Neighbor Bronze Award Winner: Black Beauty Coal Company, Farmersberg Mine, Indiana
    • Good Neighbor Silver Award Winner: Peabody Western Coal Company, Kayenta/Black Mesa Mines, Arizona
    • Good Neighbor Gold Award Winner: Powder River Coal Company, North Antelope Rochelle Mine, Wyoming
    • Best-of-the-Best Award: Ralph Sutton, United Coals, Stenger/Bond Surface Mine, West Virginia
  • 2004 Winners

    • National Award Winner: Black Beauty Coal Company - Farmersburg Mine, Indiana
    • National Award Winner: San Juan Coal Company - San Juan Mine, New Mexico
    • National Award Winner: TXU Mining - Martin Lake Mine, Texas
    • National Award Winner: Patriot Mining Company - Guston Run Mine, West Virginia
    • National Award Winner: Consolidation Coal Company - Illinois operations, Illinois
    • National Award Winner: Shafer Brothers Construction - Payne Mine, West Virginia
    • National Award Winner: Jacobs Ranch Coal Company - Jacobs Ranch Mine, Wyoming
    • National Award Winner: Coal Loaders, Inc. - Hoffer Mine, Pennsylvania (Special Award for reclamation using Government Financial Reclamation Contracts)
    • Director's Award (Reclamation including abandoned mine land): Arch of West Virginia - Ruffner Mine, West Virginia
    • Good Neighbor Bronze Award: Coteau Properties - Freedom Mine, North Dakota
    • Good Neighbor Silver Award: Coal-Mac - Phoenix Surface Mine, West Virginia
    • Good Neighbor Gold Award: Trapper Mining Inc. - Trapper Mine, Colorado
    • Best-of-the-Best Award: Larry Tsosie - Equipment Operator, Collette Brown - Environmental Specialist, Nicholas Bugosh - Senior Hydrologist, Tim Ramsey - Senior Reclamation Specialist, Jim Luther - Environmental Coordinator, Gary Lindsdale - Mine Manager, and others responsible for the Cottonwood Pit reclamation at the San Juan Coal Company, New Mexico
  • 2003 Winners

    • National Award Winner: Squaw Creek Coal Company - Squaw Creek Mine, Indiana
    • National Award Winner: TXU Mining Company - Monticello Mine, Texas
    • National Award Winner: Drummond Company, Inc - Cedrum No. 4 Mine, Alabama
    • National Award Winner: Castle Gate Holding Company - Castle Gate Mine, Utah
    • National Award Winner: Kennecott Energy, Antelope Coal Company - Antelope Coal Mine, Wyoming
    • National Award Winner: Peabody Energy, Caballo Coal Company - Caballo Mine, Wyoming
    • National Award Winner: Consolidation Coal Company - Burning Star Number 5 Mine, Illinois
    • Director's Award (Development of wetlands): United Minerals Company and Black Beauty Coal Company - Deer Ridge Mine, Indiana
    • Good Neighbor Bronze Award: Bridgeview Coal Company - Schmunk Mine, Pennsylvania
    • Good Neighbor Silver Award: Vigo Coal Company - Cypress Creek Mine, Indiana
    • Good Neighbor Gold Award: Peabody Western Coal Company - Kayenta and Black Mesa Mines, Arizona
    • Best-of-the-Best Award: Johnny Pappas, Senior Environmental Engineer - Castle Gate Holding Company, Utah
  • 2002 Winners

    • Director's Award (Cultural, historical, and archaeological preservation): Peabody Western Coal Company - Kayenta Mine, Navajo Reservation-Arizona - The 2002 award was presented for exemplary reclamation that resulted in outstanding cultural, historical, or archaeological preservation on reclaimed coal mine land, and the Award was presented to two companies, The Falkirk Mining Company in Underwood, North Dakota, and Peabody Western Coal Company, Kayenta Mine, located in Navajo County, Arizona.
      The Falkirk Mine is located in a landscape that was home to prehistoric indigenous Indian groups. Permitting over the past 25 years has required many archaeological and historic site surveys, resulting in preservation before mining. In addition, Falkirk made discoveries during mining that included prehistoric burial and bison-kill sites. Mining operations were halted until all evidence could be recovered and permanent protection established.
      At the Peabody Kayenta Mine there is a long history of archaeological research. Information from Navajo and Hopi traditional medicine men, herbalists, and Black Mesa residents identified special plants. Local seed was collected and planted. Since the project began 10 years ago, more than 234,000 cultural plant seedlings have been planted on nearly 170 acres. Federal antiquity laws dictate that before mining, a thorough investigation has to be made and detailed reports filed.
    • National Award Winner: Consolidation Coal Company - Burning Star No. 4 Mine, Illinois - Almost nine miles of Galum and Bonnie creeks were restored after being temporarily diverted during the mining. The high-quality wildlife habitat surrounding the streams includes deep water, wetlands, floodplain, and upland vegetation communities. Approximately 350,000 trees were planted in association with the stream restoration.
    • National Award Winner: Signor Brothers - Babb Creek Operation, Pennsylvania - Signor Brothers designed refuse-removal and stream bank protection methods that eliminated 22,000 tons of refuse without harming the creek. Downed trees with the root wads on the stream bank turned Babb Creek away from the refuse and improved the fish habitat. Another innovative technique was the use of large equipment to load the refuse during frozen winter weather. This greatly reduced possible sediment problems.
    • National Award Winner: Mingo Logan Coal Company - Low Gap Surface Mine No. 2, West Virginia - The Mingo Logan Coal Company used contour and mountaintop removal mining methods that resulted in the postmining land use being transformed into a world-class 18-hole golf course. The 330 acres are characterized by rolling terrain and high mountain meadows.
    • National Award Winner: Red River Mining Company, Louisiana - Reclamation of the mine site was mostly commercial forestry, a traditional use of land in this moist lowland landscape. Loblolly pines have been planted since 1991 and are now growing into stands of marketable forests. Smaller areas have been planted in pasture land and permanent ponds have been constructed to increase land value and provide water for cattle. Pond features include hardwoods, forbes, and grassland species that provide both shelter and food supplies for waterfowl, deer, and other wildlife.
    • National Award Winner: Carbon Coal Company - Carbon No. 2 Mine, New Mexico -Reclamation included four permanent impoundments and intervening drainage channels that have prevented flooding of the adjacent town of Gallup. This 300-acre reclaimed site supports a remarkable diversity of plant and animal life. More than 100 vascular plant species have been established including grasses and shrubs, and revegetation carrying capacity has more than doubled.
    • National Award Winner: RFI Energy, Inc. - Mine No. 208, Pennsylvania - Reclamation eliminated large disturbed areas and prevented soil erosion. Before mining there were 88 acres of abandoned mine lands with 8,000 feet of highwalls and accompanying spoil piles and mine pits. Today, there is no visible difference between this reclaimed land and that of the virgin mine areas.
    • National Award Winner: Arch of Illinois, Inc. - Captain and Denmark Mines, Illinois - When combined with the adjacent Denmark Mine, the reclaimed land area was well over 11,000 acres. Located just west of Pyramid State Park, the reclaimed land has been purchased by the state, making it the largest state park in Illinois. Before the land transfer, reclamation was aimed at recreational/ wildlife use. This included a mix of farmland, lakes, wetlands, and forests. Many of the trees planted in the 1980’s are now becoming mature forests.
    • Special 25th Anniversary Awards: Commemorated 25 years of mining and reclamation under the Surface Mining Law three mine operations were selected from all of the past award winners as the most successful reclamation under the Surface Mining Law.
      Good Neighbor Bronze Award: Trapper Mining Inc. - Trapper Mine, Colorado
      Good Neighbor Silver Award: Bellaire Corp. - Indian Head Mine, North Dakota
      Good Neighbor Gold Award: Solar Sources, Inc. - Sky-Point Mine, Indiana
    • Best-of-the-Best Award: Daniel Fescemyer, Mine Superintendent, and Larry Morrison, Pit Supervisor, RFI Energy, Inc., Pennsylvania
  • 2001 Winners

    • Director's Award (Agricultural Post Mining Land Use): Black Beauty Coal Company - Mines in Indiana and Illinois - The 2001 Director’s Award was presented to the Black Beauty Coal Company for reclamation on their Indiana and Illinois surface mining operations. With about 60 percent of the acreage containing prime farmland, special soil handling methods were needed to meet productivity standards. Excavators and trucks were used to remove all soil. The spoil was regraded and the subsoil and topsoil replaced. This method of soil handling decreases the potential for compaction, since minimal equipment is driven on the land. After one growing season, the soil is tilled to a depth of 24 to 30 inches with a chisel tool that further reduces compaction. The results of this special care can easily be seen in the crop yields. Corn and beans continually produce higher yields than on the non-mined standard.
    • National Award Winner: RAG (Previously Colorado Yampa Coal Company) - Mine 1 and Eckman Park, Colorado - In the aspen/ mountain shrub environment, topsoil was salvaged and immediately placed on the regraded site. This provided a native seed source for future vegetation. Large shrubs such as Big Sage, Woods Rose, Snowberry, and Serviceberry were planted on the reclaimed land to quickly reestablish the native environment.
    • National Award Winner: Penn Coal Corp. - Bluewater Deep Mine No. 1, West Virginia - This West Virginia mine site received an award for reclamation of an underground mine entrance and the supporting surface facilities. Closure included backfilling the mine entrance and associated highwall. A stream that ran through a culvert under the support facilities was reconstructed to natural conditions, and the entire area revegetated with native plants.
    • National Award Winner: McCoy Elkhorn Coal Corp. - Burke Prep Plant & Loadut Facility, Kentucky - The entire site was landscaped with shrubs and trees. The company’s pride and commitment was evident.
    • National Award Winner: P & N Coal Company - Urey Mine, Pennsylvania - The P & N Coal Company in central Pennsylvania is a small mine operator that reclaimed over 50 acres of abandoned mine land as part of its Urey operation. The topsoil was carefully removed and saved from areas that were not previously mined.
    • National Award Winner: TXU Mining (Previously Texas Utilities Mining Company) - Monticello Mine, Texas - When a final pit was being reclaimed as a pond, engineers designed a 30-acre two-tier floodplain that provides both flood storage and a forested wetland. Machine planting of containerized seedlings resulted in a 77 percent survival rate and a dense stand of trees and shrubs. Today, established wetland oaks, pecan, sweetgum, blackgum, persimmon, and red maple cover the upper tier, and bald cypress, water tupelo, and water hickory cover the depressions and wet areas.
    • National Award Winner: Kindill Mining, Inc. (Previously Old Ben Coal Company) - Mine No. 2, Indiana - Reclamation of this Southern Indiana mine site has resulted in the development of “Lake Woods Wildlife Management Area,” a planned landscape, managed to promote fish, wildlife, and related environmental values. More than 1,200 acres have been reclaimed, and are being managed around a “multi-species” concept, from crickets to deer.
    • National Award Winner: Triad Mining Inc. - Switz City Mine, Indiana - When it began operation in 1991, the Switz City Mine site contained about 300 acres of abandoned spoil piles. The company eliminated the abandoned mine problems, and productivity has been restored. Wetlands were created to provide a diverse wildlife habitat. In addition to the productive agricultural land, much of the area was reclaimed with trees and shrubs. This mining operation recovered the coal resource, eliminated abandoned mine problems, and reclaimed the land to productive use.
    • National Award Winner: The Coteau Properties Company - Freedom Mine, North Dakota - Reclamation has returned the land to an agricultural use — wheat production and livestock grazing. Shrub patches, and shelter belts are also included in the reclamation. Over 150,000 trees and shrubs have been planted to establish windbreaks and wildlife plantings. An increase in wetland acreage provide waterfowl habitat, and critical diversity for wildlife in this agricultural setting.
    • National Award Winner: Bellaire Corp. - Indian Head Mine, North Dakota - Today it’s been completely reclaimed as cropland and native grassland for cattle grazing. The sloping topography, marginal soils, and semi-arid climate made reclamation difficult and thus even more outstanding. Land productivity exceeded required standards — crops by about 20 percent, hay and pasture land by about 45 percent, and native grassland by about 35 percent.
    • National Award Winner: Glenrock Coal Company - Dave Johnston Mine, Wyoming - The reclamation resulted in topographic diversity, a wide range of plant species, and active efforts to reintroduce animals. Vegetation specialists at the mine developed and used four different seed mixtures, employed both broadcast and drill planting methods, and planted during different seasons.
    • Best-of-the-Best Award: Chet Skilbreth, Vegetation Specialist, Glenrock Coal Company, Wyoming
  • 2000 Winners

    • Director's Award (Reforestation): Peabody Coal Company - Western Kentucky Mines, Kentucky - The 2000 Director’s Award was presented to the Peabody Coal Company, western Kentucky mine operations. Peabody’s tree planting efforts at coal mine sites in Western Kentucky began voluntarily in 1948, long before reclamation was required, and continues today. Its pioneering planting techniques on surface mined-lands are now used throughout the country.
    • National Award Winner: TXU Mining (Previously Texas Utilities Mining Company) - Big Brown, Monticello, Mt. Pleasant, Thermo, Martin Lake, and Oak Hill Mines, Texas - Awarded for its extensive, ongoing reforestation efforts on about 72 percent of reclaimed mine land. Since the early 1970’s, over 15 million trees have been planted. Seedling survival rates are high and the established stands are sustaining growth as good as or better than pre-mine forests. The project also enhanced watershed protection, air quality, recreation, and aesthetics.
    • National Award Winner: Black Beauty Coal Company and the Vigo Coal Company - Columbia Mine, Indiana
    • National Award Winner: Peabody Coal Company - Ken Surface Mine, Kentucky - Awarded for reclaiming a site which had been mined for over 50 years, to award winning standards. Substantial amounts of native and western grasses were used, over 200,000 trees and shrubs were planted, and 12 permanent impoundments were reclaimed. Water quality problems associated with years of mining were cleaned up, and the area is used for hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation.
    • National Award Winner: Stone Mining Company - Grants Branch Impoundment, Kentucky - Awarded for reclaiming a large coal slurry impoundment into a county park which includes a 21-acre lake with 6,200 feet of shoreline. Stocked with more than 10,000 fish, it is a serene, peaceful setting complete with paved roads, parking, and picnic areas.
    • National Award Winner: Rosebud Mining Company - McCollough Mine, Pennsylvania
    • National Award Winner: Virginia Energy Company - Twin Star Mine #2, Virginia - Awarded for reclaiming over 8,000 feet of hazardous abandoned mine highwalls and outslopes into productive hay and pasture land. As the amount of coal to be mined in Virginia decreases, mining operations live Virginia Energy have demonstrated that previously mined lands can be remined, the environment improved, and productive land created.
    • National Award Winner: Drummond Company - Arkadelphia Mine, Alabama
    • National Award Winner: Big Sky Coal Company - Big Sky Mine, Montana - Awarded for exemplary reclamation which returned the former mine site to a livestock grazing area. Vegetation monitoring shows the levels of cover and production to be equal to or better than native vegetation adjacent to the site.
    • National Award Winner: Seneca Coal Company - Seneca II Mine, Colorado - Awarded for its outstanding reclamation which reclaimed over 1,800 acres at the site during the mine’s 30-year life. The company has concentrated on reestablishing native vegetation, including grasses, forbs, and shrubs. About 200 cattle grazed on the reclaimed rangeland each summer. The wildlife habitat is also enhanced. Deer and elk graze on the native grassland. Marmots and other rodents live in constructed rock-piles, and sharp-tailed grouse mating grounds have been established.
    • National Award Winner: Amerikohl Mining - Leon Mine, Pennsylvania - Awarded for mining and reclaiming a partially mined site that was discharging acidic water containing large amounts of metals.
    • Best-of-the-Best Award: Bryce G. West, Manager of Reclamation, Black Beauty Coal Company
    • Best-of-the-Best Award: Don Rhodes, Reclamation Manager Vigo Coal Company, Columbia Mine, Indiana
  • 1999 Winners

    • Director's Award (Prime farmland soils): TXU (Previously Texas Utilities Mining Company) - Big Brown and Monticello Winfield Mines, Texas - This year the award was presented for exemplary prime farmland reclamation. The 1999 award was presented to the TXU (formerly the Texas Utilities Mining Company) Big Brown and Monticello Winfield Mines located in East Texas. TXU not only reclaimed existing prime farmland soils, it also improved soils during reclamation that resulted in an additional 9,000 acres of highly productive prime farmland.
    • National Award Winner: Paramont Coal Corporation - Cane Branch Mine, Virginia - Awarded for reclaiming a 600-acre site, which included 13,000 feet of abandoned highwalls from previous mining, changing the area from a barren wasteland into an aesthetically pleasing landscape with productive hay and pasture land. Paramont Coal Company has shown that previously mined and abandoned land can be remined, the environment restored, and productivity increased.
    • National Award Winner: Cyprus Amax, Warrick Holding Company - Ayrshire Mine, Indiana - Remining at this Virginia site resulted in removing 1,250,000 tons of coal and eliminating 13,000 feet of abandoned mine highwalls. This is another example that previously mined and abandoned land can be remined, the environment reestablished, and productivity restored. Indiana, where reclamation has led to a unique fish and wildlife habitat which will benefit the community for years to come.
    • National Award Winner: Panther Creek Partners - Nesquehoning coal waste, Pennsylvania - Awarded for reclaiming 150 acres of coal waste as part of a coal recovery operation on anthracite coal refuse. The company’s special effort to control water runoff from the refuse resulted in immediate improvements to nearby streams. In addition, topsoil that was constructed using ash and other waste materials has provided an excellent seed bed, and vegetation is growing on the site for the first time in over 70 years. The improvements are so dramatic that a housing development has begun adjacent to the site.
    • National Award Winner: Western Energy Company - Rosebud Mine, Montana - Western Energy, a mining subsidiary of Montana Power, operates a large surface mine that provides coal to an adjacent power plant. Western Energy was recognized for their far-reaching accomplishment in wildlife conservation. These efforts resulted in reestablishing a habitat for the sharp-tailed grouse, an important Montana game bird.
    • National Award Winner: Jamieson Construction Company - Langnau Mine, Kentucky - Awarded for its reclamation efforts which helped to preserve Rockcastle River, one of the last “wild” rivers remaining in Kentucky. Special care was taken to keep sediment from leaving the mine site and draining into the river. Diversion ditches were constructed to control the flow of water through ponds. Today the ponds are used for livestock and wildlife. Completed two years ago, it’s now difficult to distinguish from the surrounding countryside.
    • National Award Winner: Basin Resources, Inc. - Golden Eagle Mine, Colorado - Awarded for reclaiming a 30,000-acre mine site, which was an important wildlife habitat for bear, deer, mountain lion, turkey, and the second largest elk herd in the state. Once reclamation was complete, the company transferred the land to the Colorado Division of Wildlife. The site is now used for public recreation and a greatly expanded wildlife area.
    • National Award Winner: RAG (Previously Amax Coal West, Inc) - Belle Ayr Mine, Wyoming - Awarded for reclamation which preserved the historical integrity of the mine site. In 1865, an expedition that was establishing a wagon road to the western gold fields had several skirmishes with the Sioux and Northern Cheyenne Tribes. At the proposed mine site, the expedition had dug rifle pits or shallow bunkers, that were eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
    • Best-of-the-Best Award: Bruce Waage, Senior Reclamation Specialist, Rosebud Mine, Montana
  • 1998 Winners

    • Directors Award (Higher or Better Postmining Land Use): Jamieson Construction Company - Miller Branch Mine, Kentucky - The 1998 award was presented to the Jamieson Construction Company, Miller Branch Mine located near Bimble, Kentucky. Exemplary reclamation by the Jamieson Construction Company resulted in high quality hay and pasture land. In addition, the flat land created during reclamation has greatly increased the property value for development of home sites. This outstanding reclamation is a credit to Larry Jamieson and his employees and a model that all mine operators throughout the country should strive to meet.
    • National Award Winner: Centralia Mining Company (Now TtransAlta Centralia Mining LLC) - Centralia Mine, Washington - Awarded for reclamation of a large 14,000-acre mine site. Reclamation at the mine includes planting native Douglas fir, Red alder, and other native trees and has the special benefit of resulting in diverse wildlife habitats that range from upland forests to wetlands.
    • National Award Winner: Aluminum Company of America - Sandow Mine, Texas - Awarded for reclaiming a lignite coal mine site using native vegetation. The reclamation has improved the quality of a wildlife habitat and provided a richly diverse plant community which will continue to grow and enhance the reclaimed Texas landscape.
    • National Award Winner: Peabody Western - Black Mesa and Kayenta Mines, Navajo Reservation (Arizona) - Awarded for reclamation at mine sites on the Navajo and Hopi Indian reservations which resulted in planting vegetation that restores plants significant to the tribal cultures. The reclaimed land will provide long-term benefits to the Navajo and Hopi people who retain traditional values.
    • National Award Winner: Texas Utilities Mining Company (Now TXU Mining) - Big Brown Mine, Texas - Awarded for reclaiming a two and one-half mile section of Prairie Creek. The creek which runs through the mine site, was transformed from an eroded, narrow, steep-sided channel, into a natural stream configuration integrated into the surrounding wildlife habitat of trees, grasses, and wetlands.
    • National Award Winner: U.S. Generating/Northampton Fuel Supply Company, Kaminski Bank #14, Pennsylvania - Awarded for reclaiming 80-100 foot high piles of anthracite coal waste at an underground mine site. This work ultimately provided fuel to generate electricity, eliminated an abandoned mine hazard near a populated area, and stopped environmental degradation, while providing a valuable property which can now be returned to beneficial and productive use.
    • National Award Winner: Western Energy Company - Rose Bud Mine, Montana - Awarded for using special mining and reclamation techniques to save a local landmark located in the middle of the mine site. Known as Eagle Rock, the landmark was a camp site for ancient native peoples. A plan was developed to mine around the large sandstone outcrop rather than mining through the area and destroying it.
    • Best-of-the-Best Award: James Birkhead, Staff Environmental Specialist, and others, Sandow Mine, Texas
  • 1997 Winners

    • Director's Award (Benefits to the local community): Coteau Properties Company - Freedom Mine, North Dakota
    • National Award Winner: Buffalo Coal Company - Davis Mine, West Virginia - Awarded for exemplary reclamation that redirected Pendleton Creek from a subsidence crater to its natural course, resulting in enhanced wetland and wildlife habitat in the area.
    • National Award Winner: Bellaire Corporation - Indian Head Mine, North Dakota
    • National Award Winner: Triton Coal Company - Buckskin Mine, Wyoming
    • National Award Winner: Peabody Coal Company - Gibraltar Mine, Kentucky
    • National Award Winner: Drummond Company, Kellerman Mine, Alabama
    • National Award Winner: Cumberland River Coal Company, Ridgeline Mine, Kentucky
    • Best-of-the-Best Award: Donn Steffen, P.E. Senior Mining Engineer, Indian Head Mine, North Dakota
    • Hall-of-Fame Awards
      • Coal-Mac, Inc. and the Rifle Coal Company, Debord Mine, Kentucky
      • Solar Sources, Inc. - Lynnville Mine, Indiana
      • R & F Coal Company - Cheslock-Hendershot Mine, Ohio
      • W.H. Bowlin Coal Company - Whitley County Mine, Kentucky
      • Bellaire Corporation - Indian Head Mine, North Dakota
      • Kerr-McGee Corporation - Jacobs Ranch Mine, Wyoming
      • Western Energy Company - Rosebud Mine, Montana
  • 1996 - No Awards

  • 1995 - No Awards

  • 1994 Winners

    • Director's Award (Elimination of acid mine drainage): McKay Coal Company - Woodall Mine, Pennsylvania - The Director's award was presented to the McKay Coal Company for exemplary reclamation that eliminated acid mine drainage from previous mining at its mine near Ohl, Pennsylvania.
    • National Award Winner: Cumberland River Coal Company - Ridgeline Mine, Kentucky - Awarded for exemplary reclamation of a fish and wildlife habitat at its Ridgeline Mine, near Jackson, Kentucky.
    • National Award Winner: Lee Ranch Coal Company - Lee Ranch Mine, New Mexico - Awarded for successful use of new methods for controlling weeds when reestablishing native vegetation in arid conditions. This company also received the "Best-of-the-Best" award for achieving the year’s best overall reclamation at its mine near Milan, New Mexico.
    • National Award Winner: Branham & Baker Coal Company, Kentucky - Awarded for exemplary reclamation and long term management of the donated reclaimed land.
    • National Award Winner: B & N Coal Company - Ullman Pit, Ohio- Awarded for exemplary remining and no-cost abandoned mine land reclamation.
    • National Award Winner: Peabody Coal Company - Broken Aro Mine, Ohio - Awarded for exemplary reclamation of a previously mined slurry disposal area.
    • National Award Winner: Jamieson Construction Company, Kentucky - Awarded for outstanding reclamation achieved by a small coal operator adjacent to an endanagered species habitat.
    • National Award Winner: Falkik Mining Company - Falkirk Mine, North Dakota - Awarded for its sensitive and successful handling of Native American skeletal remains uncovered during mining.
    • National Award Winner: Bridger Coal Company - Jim Bridger Mine, Wyoming - Awarded for its exemplary techniques to mitigate conflicting nesting/highwall use by raptors.
    • National Award Winner: Rawl Sales & Processing Company - Sprigg Bridge, West Virginia - Awarded for the construction of a bridge used by the company and local residents in Sprigg, West Virginia.
    • Best-of-the-Best Award: Mark Hiles, Senior Environmental Specialist, Lee Ranch Mine, and Larry Byrd, Mine Inspector, Energy Minerals, and Natural Resources Department, New Mexico
  • 1993 Winners

    • Director's Award (Wildlife post mining landuse): Hobet Mining Company, West Virginia - The Director’s award was presented to the Hobet Mining Company for exemplary reclamation with wildlife habitat as a post-mining land use at its mine near Madison, West Virginia.
    • National Award Winner: Peabody Coal Company - Moorman Mine, Kentucky - Awarded for exemplary reclamation that resulted in outstanding crop yields at its Moorman Mine in western Kentucky.
    • National Award Winner: Buffalo Coal Company - Difficult Mine, West Virginia - for exemplary contemporaneous reclamation at its Difficult Mine in West Virginia.
    • National Award Winner: Peabody Coal Company - River King Mine, Illinois - Awarded for reclaiming 2,500 acres that provided varied aquatic habitats and recreational opportunities.
    • National Award Winner: Centralia Mining Company (Now TtransAlta Centralia Mining LLC) - Centralia Mine, Washington - Awarded for outstanding reclamation that created a wide range of wildlife habitat that added vegetative diversity to the company’s forest plantation./li>
    • National Award Winner: Kerr-Mcgee Coal Corp. - Jacobs Ranch Mine, Wyoming - Awarded for exemplary reclamation achieved under western (arid) conditions.
    • National Award Winner: Red River Coal & S.R. Mullins Excavating Company - Flat Gap Mine, Virginia - Awarded for exemplary reclamation at the Flat Gap Mine remining operation in southwestern Virginia.
    • National Award Winner: W.H. Bowlin Coal Company, Kentucky - Awarded for outstanding reclamation achieved by a small mine operator.
  • 1992 Winners

    • Director's Award (Pasture/grazing post mining land use): R & F Coal Company - Hart Mine, Ohiobet Mining Company, West Virginia - The Director’s award was presented to the R & F Coal Company for exemplary reclamation resulting in pasture or grazing post-mining land use at its Hart Mine, near Newcomerstown, Ohio.
    • National Award Winner: Concolidation, Inc. - Mahoning Valley Mine, Ohio - for exemplary reclamation at its Mahoning Valley Mine near Fairpoint, Ohio.
    • National Award Winner: The Coteau Properties Company, North Dakota - Awarded for exemplary reclamation achieved under arid Western conditions at its Freedom Mine near Beulah, North Dakota.
    • National Award Winner: Catenary Coal Company, Kentucky - Awarded for exemplary reclamation of pre-existing underground mine refuse at the Maggard’s Branch site near Benham, Kentucky.
    • National Award Winner: Charolais Coal Company, Kentucky - Awarded for outstanding reclamation of pre-1977 abandoned mine land at its mine site in Hopkins County, Kentucky.
    • National Award Winner: Lower Colorado River Authority & Powell Bend Mining Company, Texas - Awarded for outstanding reclamation by a small mine operator at the Powell Bend Mine near Bastrop, Texas
    • National Award Winner: Bellaire Corp. - Indian Head Mine, North Dakota - Awarded for innovative reclamation of “wooded draws” at its Indian Head Mine near Zap, North Dakota.
    • National Award Winner: Western Energy Company - Rosebud Mine, Montana - Awarded for innovative reclamation and exemplary preservation of cultural and historic sites in Colstrip, Montana.
    • National Award Winner: Arch of Illinois, Inc. - Denmark Mine, Illinois - Awarded for innovative restoration of Pipestone Creek at the Denmark Mine near Percy, Illinois.
    • National Award Winner: Leeco, Inc., Kentucky - Awarded for innovative design and operation of a preparation plant and refuse disposal area at its operation near Jeff, Kentucky.
    • National Award Winner: Mingo Logan Coal Company - Black Bear Preparation Plant, West Virginia - Awarded for innovative design of a preparation plant at its Black Bear Preparation Plant near Gilbert, West Virginia.
  • 1991 Winners

    • Director's Award (Recreation post mining land use): Central Ohio Coal Company - Muskingum Mine, Cumberland, Ohio - The Director’s award was presented to the Central Ohio Coal Company and its parent companies, Ohio Power and American Electric Power, for exemplary reclamation resulting in recreation as a post-mining land use at its Muskingham Mine, near Cumberland, Ohio.
    • National Award Winner: Coal-Mac, Inc. and Rifle Coal Company, Kentucky - Awarded for innovative remining and reclamation at a mine site near Debord, Kentucky. Rifle Coal reclaimed the mountainous terrain at the site into a series of terraces, eliminating the flat-top landscape typical of a mountaintop removal operation.
    • National Award Winner: Drummond Company - Morris Mine, Alabama - Outstanding reclamation by Drummond resulted in the right-of-way for a section of Interstate 65, and airport for a remote-control model airplane club, rerouting and improving county roads, and enriching the soil and municipal sludge.
    • National Award Winner: Foertsch Construction Company - Little Sandy No. 1 Mine, Indiana - Awarded for outstanding reclamation at the Little Sandy Mine, near Montgomery, Indiana. Foertsch restored more than 99 percent of the mine site to prime farmland conditions even though regulations did not require so high a level of reclamation
    • National Award Winner: Aluminum Company of America - Sandow Mine, Texas - Awarded for reclamation which resulted in new pasture lands and wildlife habitat at ALCOA’s Sandow Mine, near Austin, Texas.
    • National Award Winner: Boich Mining Company - Betsy Mine, Ohio - Awarded for exemplary remining and reclamation of the 850-acre Betsy Mine, near Bloomingdale, Ohio. Boich created a recreation area for hunting and fishing.
    • National Award Winner: Patriot Mining Company, Maryland - Awarded for exemplary reclamation and drainage control at its mine near Steyer, Maryland.
    • National Award Winner: R & F Coal Company - Phillips Mine, Ohio - A subsidiary of Shell Mining, for reclaiming the abandoned Phillips Mine area, near Barnesville, Ohio. R & F turned the site into productive agricultural land and natural wildlife habitat.
    • National Award Winner: KEM Coal Company - Shop Hollow Mine, Kentucky Solar Sources - Elberfield and Perry Mines, Inc. - KEM reclaimed the 600-acre mountaintop removal operation and constructed a regional airport, including a 3,500-foot runway and a terminal building.
    • National Award Winner: Savitski Brothers Coal Sales, Pennsylvania - The first anthracite operator to win an OSM reclamation award, for exemplary reclamation by a small coal mine operator.
    • National Award Winner: Solar Sources, Inc., Indiana - Awarded for exemplary reclamation of pre-existing abandoned mine problems at its Elberfeld and Perry Mines, near Lynnville and Petersburg, Indiana.
  • 1990 Winners

    • Director's Award (Forestry post mining land use): Centralia Mining Company (Now TtransAlta Centralia Mining LLC) - Centralia Mine, Washington - The Director’s award was presented to the Centralia Mining Company, for exemplary reforestation reclamation at its mine located near Centralia, Washington.
    • National Award Winner: Martiki Coal Corp. - Martin County Mine, Kentucky
    • National Award Winner: Saarcar Coal, Inc. & Rifle Coal Company, Kentucky
    • National Award Winner: Solar Sources, Inc. - Sky-Point Mine, Indiana
    • National Award Winner: Trapper Mining, Inc. - Trapper Mine, Colorado
    • National Award Winner: Western Energy Company - Rosebud Mine, Montana
    • National Award Winner: Bridger Coal Company - Jim Bridger Mine, Wyoming
    • National Award Winner: R & F Coal Company - Cheslock-Hendershot Mine, Ohio
    • National Award Winner: The Carter Mining Company - Rawhide and Caballo Mines, Wyoming
    • National Award Winner: Fowler Excavating, Inc. - Bullock Mine, Indiana
  • 1989 Winners

    • Director's Award (Wetlands post mining land use): Peabody Coal Company - Will Scarlet Mine, Illinois - The Director’s award was presented to the Peabody Coal Company, for exemplary wetlands reclamation at its Will Scarlet Mine, located near Carrier Mills, Illinois.
    • National Award Winner: Vigo Coal Company - Discovery #1 Mine, Indiana
    • National Award Winner: Texas Utilities Mining Company (Now TXU Mining) - Monticello-Winfield North Lignite Mine, Texas
    • National Award Winner: Drummond Coal Company - Kellerman No. 2 Mine, Alabama
    • National Award Winner: Basin Cooperative Services - Glenharold Mine, North Dakota
    • National Award Winner: Lee Jay Corp. - Clarkville Coal Refuse Dump, Pennsylvania
    • National Award Winner: Associated Electric Cooperative - Bee Veer Mine, Missouri
    • National Award Winner: Southern Ohio Coal Company - Martinka No. 1 Mine, West Virginia
    • National Award Winner: R & S Coal Company - J & B No. 3 Mine, Arkansas
  • 1988 Winners

    • Director's Award (Corporate commitment to environmental improvement): Texas Utilities Mining Company (Now TXU Mining) - Big Brown Mine, Texas - The Director’s award was presented to the Texas Utilities Mining Company, Big Brown Mine, Fairfield, Texas.
    • National Award Winner: Kerr-McGee Coal Corp. Jacobs Ranch Mine, Wyoming
    • National Award Winner: The Sabine Mining Company, Texas
    • National Award Winner: Fuel Fabricators, Inc. - Preparation Plant, Pennsylvania
    • National Award Winner: Drummond Coal Company - Mill Creek Mine, Alabama
    • National Award Winner: B & N Coal Company, Ohio
    • National Award Winner: The Rogers Group & Black Beauty Coal Company - Arlen No. 1 Mine, Indiana
    • National Award Winner: The Carter Mining Company - Carballo and Rawhide Mines, Wyoming
    • National Award Winner: Aloe Coal Company, Pennsylvania
  • 1987 Winners

    • National Award Winner: Western Fuels-Utah, Inc. - Deserado Mine, Colorado - Nominated by the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Division for demonstrating that mining and transportation operations can be conducted compatibly with wildlife and other resource values. Six big games overpasses were installed along a 3.5 -mile stretch of the mine’s conveyor coal transportation corridor. Elk, deer and antelope used the animal crossings, enabling the wildlife to continue migratory routes unimpeded.
    • National Award Winner: Arch of Illinois, Inc. - Captain Mine, Illinois - Nominated by the Illinois Department of Mines and Minerals for its vast and pioneering research in soil reconstruction. The company was the first in the history of the coal industry to win first place State and national awards for the excellent quality of honey produced on reclaimed mine land. More than 7 ½ tons of grapes per acre were grown on reclaimed land, with the harvest used to make both red and white wine. Prime farmland crop yields achieved for forage, wheat, soybeans, trees and corn, as well as grapes.
    • National Award Winner: R&F Coal Company - Harrison County Home Mine, Ohio - Nominated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Reclamation Division for improving the mined land’s utility and value, for providing direct economic benefits to the county government, for staging public tours to increase public awareness and understanding of the mining industry, and for demonstrating the results achievable under the surface mining law.
    • National Award Winner: Peabody Coal Company - Sinclair and Homestead Mines, Kentucky - Nominated by the Kentucky Department for Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement for establishing waterfowl refuges on reclaimed mine land to reintroduce Canada geese to Western Kentucky. Small flocks of this big bird were rediscovered in 1962 after the species was thought to be extinct. The company established a 340-acre waterfowl refuge at Sinclair Mine and a 750-acre waterfowl refuge at Homestead Mine. Food plots were planted annually and systems were installed in both refuges to maintain open water year-round to provide safe habitat for the geese.
    • National Award Winner: John Duckworth Coal Company, Maryland - Nominated by the Bureau of Mines, Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The company operates under a “good neighbor” policy, refusing to use explosives close enough to homes that noise or vibration could upset the residents. The company also built a new loading and processing facility in an isolated area, responding to complaints about dust at a leased loading facility. Once Duckworth backfills and replaces topsoil on an area, all rocks are removed by hand and the area is seeded.
    • HONORABLE MENTION: Drummond Company Incorporated - Segco No. 1 Mine - Walker County, Alabama - The Alabama Surface Mining Commission nominated Company Incorporated for reclamation in connection with mine closure due to depletion of coal reserves. The mined land was reclaimed to enhance timber production, as well as for viable alternative use as grazing land. Drummond also won honorable mention in the 1986 competition.
    • HONORABLE MENTION: P-V Mining Company - Dubois County Operations, Indiana - The Indiana Department of Natural Resources nominated P-V Mining Company for exceeding reclamation standards, using 30 inches of soil depth for land restoration rather than the required 12 inches for forests, pasture and hay-land, and 18 inches for cropland.
    • HONORABLE MENTION: Island Creek Coal Company - Gauley Division Operations - Nicholas County, West Virginia - The Alabama Surface Mining Commission nominated Company Incorporated for reclamation in connection with mine closure due to depletion of coal reserves. The mined land was reclaimed to enhance timber production, as well as for viable alternative use as grazing land. Drummond also won honorable mention in the 1986 competition.

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