SHERIDAN — Cloud Peak Energy announced this week that Antelope Mine near Douglas received the 2013 State of Wyoming Reclamation Award from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Land Quality Division.
The award was presented at the Wyoming Mining Association’s Annual Safety and Reclamation Banquet in Sheridan late last month.
The award was granted for the sustainable control of cheatgrass. Through innovative husbandry practices and custom seeding techniques, Antelope Mine has effectively restored reclamation areas dominated by cheatgrass to native cool and warm season plant communities, according to a media release from Cloud Peak Energy.
The associated technology is applicable to both reclaimed and native lands.
Antelope Mine has successfully transformed over 400 acres of cheatgrass-dominated lands into sustainable native perennial stands that achieve the post-mining land use goal of providing for livestock grazing and wildlife use. Cheatgrass is an undesirable introduced species that readily invades disturbed landscapes in reclamation and native rangeland.
“The company is honored to receive this award and appreciates the recognition it receives for innovative reclamation techniques,” Cloud Peak Energy President and CEO Colin Marshall said in the release.
Cloud Peak Energy Inc. is headquartered in Wyoming and is one of the largest coal producers currently operating in the United States.