Antelope Mine Reclamation Award

Cheatgrass, pictured here, is an introduced invasive plant species from Eurasia which does not have known native predators in the arid and semi-arid ecosystems of Western North America.

Cheatgrass, pictured here, is an introduced invasive plant species from Eurasia which does not have known native predators in the arid and semi-arid ecosystems of Western North America.

The mechanical implement, designed and applied by Antelope Coal LLC, was used in place of fire to remove the cheatgrass, duff, and litter layers.

The mechanical implement, designed and applied by Antelope Mine, was used in place of fire to remove the cheatgrass, duff, and litter layers.

Post-treatment vegetation stand on Antelope Mine reclamation; note wheatgrasses in the foreground.

Post-treatment vegetation stand on Antelope Mine reclamation; note wheatgrasses in the foreground.