DEP Earns National Mine Reclamation Award for Enhancing Safety, Boosting Local Economic Impact of ATV Trail While Restoring Part of Sproul State Forest

Harrisburg, PA – A recent abandoned mine reclamation project by the Department of Environmental Protection with significant community and environmental benefits has been chosen by the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) for its top honor: the 2017 Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation National Award. The “Huling Branch AML Reclamation, ATV Recreation, and […]

Hazleton Area Partners Look to Increase Recreation and Cultural Tourism with Help from $2 Million DEP Coal Mine Cleanup

Project Is Part of Abandoned Mine Pilot Program Focused on Community and Economic Development Potential Local, state, and federal partners and supporters gathered at Eckley Miners’ Village today as Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell announced $2 million in funding for the cleanup of a 62-acre abandoned coal mine property. The project will enable the community’s planned extension of a popular bike path to thehistorical mining village and other area improvements. […]

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden to Grow by 66 Acres with Support from DEP Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Pilot Program

Program focuses on combined environmental, economic, and community outcomes Pittsburgh, PA –  The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced phase 2 of a coal mine cleanup project that will enhance 66 acres of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. DEP selected the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, in North Fayette Township, Allegheny County, to receive a share […]