Cloud Peak Energy's Antelope Mine recently received a presitgious National Reclamation Award from the Office of Surface Mining and the National Mining Association. The Excellence in Surface Mining Reclamation Award was received for successful shrub establishment on reclaimed land.
Cloud Peak Energy Public Relations Manager Heidi Lowe explains how the mine overcame the challenge of establishing consistent shrub areas.
Lowe said that one of the long term benefits of the reclamation effort is improved habitat for sage grouse and other nearby wildlife. Cloud Peak Energy's Antelope Mine is located approximately 70 miles south of Gillette.