Specifically, Paramont’s work included restoration of more than 4,500 feet of stream and extensive planting of hybrid American Chestnut trees. The reforestation at Hawks Nest has attracted elk, resulting in elk viewing tours beginning this year at Breaks Interstate Park. Also, U.S. Route 460 will intersect at Hawks Nest; it will be the first completed section of the Coalfields Expressway that will eventually connect with Interstate 77 in West Virginia.

“The major growth in Buchanan County for the next 40 to 50 years, including hotels and shopping, manufacturing and business, will be located in Southern Gap,” IDA Director Craig Horn said.

“Environmental stewardship is a priority within any mine plan, and we pride ourselves on demonstrating how reclaimed land can bring opportunities to the region after the mining has been completed,” added Vice President of Operations Blake Hall.

Paramont was on hand to receive the award at the recent Interstate Mining Compact Commission annual meeting at Lake Placid, New York.