Usibelli Coal Mine
Four generations of Usibelli families have called the Healy area "home." Because the mine is the family's "backyard," it was no surprise that years before Federal law required, UCM pioneered a successful land reclamation program. The ultimate goal of reclamation is to re-establish a natural landscape on mined land. The land is contoured and then seeded with a carefully researched mixture of ten grasses and plants indigenous to northern regions. Since 1970, the mine has reclaimed more than 5,500 acres and planted more than 250,000 seedlings. Over a period of years, native Alaskan vegetation invades the area, returning the mined land to its natural appearance.