ODNR reclaiming cliffs in Powelson Wildlife area

The rugged legacy of mining done a half-century ago still lingers in the Powelson Wildlife area north of Zanesville.

Thousands of feet of highwall — cliffs left from strip mining — line roads throughout the popular hunting area. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is the midst of reclaiming the area and eliminating some of the worst highwalls along Dresden Road. The $1.2 million project is supported by the Abandoned Mine Land fund.

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