"If it can't be grown, it must be mined"

Natural resources are the foundation for our lives and lifestyles.

What would our lives be like without mining? Imagine a world without transportation such as jet planes or railroads, without communications such as cell phones or radar, without decorative items such as art or jewelry, without buildings such as skyscrapers or parking garages, without defense systems items such as missiles or submarines, without medical care items such as X-rays or surgical tools. We wouldn’t have any of these things without mining and minerals.

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Reclamation Stories - Coal

Mining inevitably disturbs land. Modern mines reclaim the surface during and after mining is completed, returning the land to useful purposes.  Following is information about a few of the many mined land reclamation success stories. Note the differences in the pictures between how the land looks during mining and how it looks after mining.  The reclaimed mine lands are usually more attractive to wildlife and human uses than before mining started.


An intensive, groundbreaking effort to reforest mined lands in western Kentucky creates breathtaking results for hunters, fishermen and outdoor adv

Operated by Wood Coal Company of Rich Hill, Missouri, the Foster Mine #2 was awarded an Honorable Mention by the Interstate Mining Compact Commissi

Located near Bridgeport, West Virginia, this 250-acre golf course features a coal mine theme and is constructed on reclaimed mine land.

G&S Coal Company, Inc.

Operated by Coal-Mac, Inc., the Phoenix Surface Mine No.

The Martin Lake and Oak Hill coal mines in Texas are topsoil substitution operations with a reclamation strategy primarily of wooded areas for fish

Trapper Mining Inc.',in Craig, Colorado has reclaimed its mine and reestablishment of Columbian sharp-tailed grouse habitat.

Straddling the Maryland and West Virginia border, the Kempton Mine #42 was operated by the Davis Coal and Coke Company from 1914 until 1950.

The Virginia Energy Company's two surface coal mines are located adjacent to each other along the state line between Virginia and West Virginia.

The Catenary Coal Company, located in Raleigh County, West Virginia, has taken an aggressive approach in the reclamation of its mined areas.  As a

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources nominated the Vigo Coal Company in 1998 for the IMCC (Interstate Mining Compact Commission) Reclamation

Located in Mount Pleasant, Texas, the Monticello Winfield Mine consists of 20,323 permitted acres, of which more than 300 acres are mined and recla

Larson Enterprises, Inc.

The Wylo Coal Mine, near Stowe, West Virginia, had been active for over 25 years.