Westmoreland accepted one of five statewide awards from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for best conservation practices and awareness of maintaining and enhancing ecosystems. The award recognized the work performed by Westmoreland and its consultants in developing revisions to the agency’s Quail and Grassland Bird Land Use reclamation guidelines and for being a leader in the mining industry in developing improved reclamation practices for upland game birds. The Railroad Commission of Texas – Surface Mining and Reclamation Division awarded its 2013 Reclamation Award to Westmoreland for its Advanced
Reforestation Practices citing Westmoreland’s ability to establish more natural-looking woody species habitats. Westmoreland was also awarded the Texas Environmental Excellence Award in the Innovative Operations/Management category by the Texas Commission on Environmental Equality for its thorough land restoration process.
“We are very proud of our Texas operation for being a leader in reclamation and in fostering sustainable practices in the mining industry,” said Robert P. King, CEO. “It is particularly impressive that the Jewett mine was awarded a state-level award for environmental excellence when it was competing against all industries and businesses in the state, not just other mining companies.”