Partners & Programs
Partners For Reclamation
Some projects are too small and financially unfeasible to be done through a state design and bidding process. These projects; however, may be very important to the landowner to be corrected.
The Division of Reclamation and area Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Councils have joined together to provide an opportunity to help local citizens fix the adverse effects of coal mining on their property. Landowners work with their local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) to develop a plan to correct the mining related problems unique to their property. Once a reclamation plan has been accepted by the county SWCD, the Division of Reclamation will review the proposed project for compliance with all applicable regulations to determine if it is appropriate for this program. Funding is available on a competitive basis, and based upon the technical and financial aspects of the individual site. If a site is selected, the division will fund up to 85 percent of the project costs through the RC&D. The RC&D may assist the property owner with contracting and other aspects of the project.
If you would like more information on this program, download the Partners for Reclamation Program brochure.
The purpose of this program is to establish a healthy forest on mined land that will protect soil and water resources, provide wildlife habitat and eventually, timber production. Eligible land is limited to those acres that have been mined for coal and reclaimed after 1977 and where all bonds have been released. A minimum of ten acres is required. Funding for the Reclamation Re-Leaf program is made available on a competitive basis through the Division of Reclamation and is coordinated through local RC&Ds. There are some financial commitments required by the landowner that can be rebated over a two-year maintenance care plan.