Reclamation Stories

Mining inevitably disturbs land. Modern mines reclaim the surface during and after mining is completed, returning the land to useful purposes. Reclaimed mine lands are often more attractive to wildlife and human uses than before mining started.



Sand and gravel mining operations went on in the mid 1950’s at Glacier Sand and Gravel. After reclamation, Chambers Bay Golf Course became home of the 2015 US Open.
Chambers Bay Golf Course Home of the 2015 US Open on former Glacier Sand and Gravel site in Steilacoom, WA

Beckman Quarry

Beckman Quarry, San Antonio, TX reclaimed as 6 Flags Amusement Park and La Canterrra shopping center.
Photo: Billy Calzada /San Antonio Express-News

Louisville Mega Cavern

The Louisville Crushed Stone Quarry was operated by Ralph Rogers back in 1930's.
Louisville Mega Cavern (After) - Bike Park

Mardis Pit

Chaney Enterprises reclaimed its Mardis Mine facility into the Renditions Golf Course in Davidsonville, MD.
Renditions Golf Course, the result of the Mardis mine site completed reclamation.

Coal and Energy

Big Brown Mine

Luminant began mining lignite at the Big Brown Mine, near Fairfield, Texas, in 1971. Since then, over 15,000 acres have been mined and reclaimed.
At approximately 112 surface-acres, the impoundment provides a rare opportunity for fisheries research on a controlled private lake

Pete Dye Golf Club

Pete Dye Golf Club ingeniously weaves former coal mining remnants and rambunctious terrain into a course that tempts and tests you from the opening tee shot to your final putt.
(After) - Hole #6 with former coal mine adit that takes you to #7 Tee

Seneca Mine

Seneca Coal mine, Routt County, Colorado
Seneca Mine - Coal Flat No. 2, 10 Years Later (1996) Pic 2

Industrial Minerals

Hutchings, Georgia Kaolin Mine

After the kaolin is removed, the land is carefully reclaimed and restored by contouring and grading the surfaces to blend with the surrounding terrain.
Kaolin - After

Butchart Gardens

Robert Pim Butchart began manufacturing Portland cement from 1888 to 1909 near his birthplace of Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada from the area’s rich limestone deposits.
Butchart Gardens-  After


The complex consists of deep and shallow marsh, wet prairie, and mixed hardwood forest communities providing high quality habitat replacement after mining.
DB 2009 Reclamation


Flambeau Copper-Gold Mine

The approved Reclamation Plan for the Flambeau Project specified that the open pit, upon completion of mining, would be completely backfilled with original rock material that was separated from the ore.
Flambeau Copper-Gold Mine - After

Philmont Boy Scout Camp

Scores of gold mines were excavated in Philmont, and operated into the early 20th century.
Philmont Boy Scout Camp - After

Old Works Golf Course

Old Works Golf Course. Anaconda, Mont., had been the home of a copper-smelting facility operated by Anaconda Mining Co. since 1884.
Old Works Golf Course. Upper Works circa 1888 & Upper Works Today