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Every mine must be reclaimed at the end of its productive life and the Department holds significant financial security to ensure that reclamation occurs. The Department also encourages concurrent reclamation as a means to minimize potential negative environmental impacts and to return lands affected by mining back to other productive uses. The permittee benefits from conducting concurrent reclamation in the form of reduced financial security and lower annual regulatory fees. Examples of significant reclamation projects for 2013 include:

Concurrent Reclamation - Region 3: Whortlekill Rod & Gun Club Mine

Town of East Fishkill, Dutchess County (30092)

A pond and grassy slope
View from the south looking north of the reclaimed
east end of the dredge pond at the Whortlekill Rod &
Gun Club mine site.

The permittee has reclaimed the 23-acre sand & gravel mine to a small canoeing area and public beach. While currently no land is affected by mining, the permittee has reserves left and may affect up to 2 acres at any one time.

Final Reclamation in Progress - Region 3: Tilcon New York-Suffern Quarry

Town of Ramapo, Rockland County (30036)

Tilcon is in the process of actively reclaiming the 38-acre Suffern Quarry. The previous operator mined basalt for use in aggregate for decades prior to Tilcon taking over in the early 2000s. The site has been largely inactive over the last several years and Tilcon has worked with Mined Land staff on completing reclamation at the site. Final reclamation should be completed in 2014.

green body of water and side slopes at the Tilcon Suffern Quarry
Grading of side slopes at the Tilcon Suffern Quarry.
dug-up earth during mining operations
The Tilcon Suffern Quarry during mining operations.

Final Reclamation in Progress - Region 4: Keenan-Vly Resources Mine

Town of Middletown, Delaware County (40761)

Reclamation of the 5-acre Vly Resources sand and gravel mine was completed in July 2013. The permittee successfully returned the site to meadow.

heavy equipment and dirt during active mining operations
The Vly Resources mine during active mining operations.
grassy land after mine reclaimation
The Vly site in July 2013 after successful revegetation.

Final Reclamation - Region 4: Gro Max-Ostrander Mine

Town of Ghent, Columbia County (40766)

Pond with trees around it
The pond excavated during mining operations and
surrounding grass lands at the Gro Max-Ostrander Mine.

Final reclamation of the 23-acre peat mine operated by
Gro Max was completed in September 2013. The site
was reclaimed to a pond surrounded by wildlife habitat.

Final Reclamation - Region 5: Tracey Materials-Windy Hills Bank

Town of Easton, Washington County (50297)

Tall grass on a plain at Windy Hill Bank
Reclaimed area at the Tracey Materials-Windy Hill
Bank in June 2013.

Tracey Materials pursued a course of concurrent reclamation for
several years at the 136.9-acre life of mine sand & gravel operation.
Final reclamation of the mine was accomplished by the end of 2013.
Tracey Materials reduced the area affected by mining from 54 acres
in 2004 to 7.9 acres in 2012. The site was reclaimed to agricultural

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