State plans more reclamation projects in SE Kansas

KSN News (file)
KSN News

CHEROKEE, Kansas (AP) — Some southeast Kansas residents are concerned with plans by the state for three reclamation projects on formerly mined land.

But officials with Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism say the projects will improve safety, recreation and habitat.

Three reclamation projects are scheduled to begin in the spring are at Mined Land Wildlife Area in Cherokee and Crawford counties.

Residents who attended a meeting about the projects Wednesday criticized state officials for not seeking public input for the land, which is 14,500 acres open to the public that was once mined for coal.

The Joplin Globe reports KDHE mining section chief Murray Balk said the $1.6 million in planned improvements were ranked based on the hazards they presented.

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