Work at Mined Land Wildlife Area removes hazards, improves fishing

Coal mining, a boon to Southeast Kansas, left in its wake more than 350 abandoned mine sites in Cherokee, Crawford and Bourbon counties. Using mining company reclamation money available for the past 20 years, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has teamed up with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and begun checking off the highest priorities for cleanup — $10 million in projects to date.

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