Leading Practices in Land Reclamation
In 2017, Peabody restored 5,145 acres of mined lands into wildlife habitat, rangeland, hardwood forests, prime farmland, pastoral land and wetlands.
This includes 890 acres of forested area, 30 acres of wetlands, approximately eight miles of high-quality streams and planting 647,600 trees.
Peabody continued its restoration activities at active and closed sites during 2017, reclaiming 1.4 acres of land for every acre disturbed.
A commitment to environmental stewardship and land reclamation across the global platform are core to how Peabody operates, and an environmental reclamation metric is included in the long-term incentive award for Peabody’s senior leadership team.
2017 Environmental Honors
Collaboration for Conservation in the PRB
In 2017, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement presented the Good Neighbor Award to the Thunder Basin Grasslands Prairie Ecosystem Association (Association), recognizing Peabody and four other member companies for successfully working with the surrounding land owners and communities while completing mining and reclamation.
The Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to a responsible, science-based approach to long-term management of members’ lands, and Peabody is a founding member.
Over recent decades, Wyoming agricultural and coal-producing industries have collaborated on conservation measures in the Powder River Basin. Association members have developed a regional conservation strategy for long-term stewardship of wildlife and other natural resources through voluntary, privately led collaborative efforts. Peabody’s Wyoming mines continue to be active members and leaders within the Association, and since its founding Peabody has invested dollars, expertise and resources to support the Association’s goals. In 2017, we allocated funds to map black-tailed prairie dogs in the Thunder Basin National Grasslands.
Employees in Action
At Peabody, we are proud of team members who make giving back to the the community or advancing a cause part of their life's work.
In a major commitment of support to Variety Australia - The Children's Charity, Peabody Australia team members embarked on a 2,485-mile surf and turf Variety "bash" across Western Queensland, raising funds and awareness for the charity that supports ill, disadvantaged and special needs children.
The great giving journey attracted 320 participants and 114 cars.
Peabody's team "Hi-Vis" spent months overhauling a 1969 HT Holden sedan, pictured here, complete with "hi-vis" orange paint as a safety reminder, ultimately raising more than $8,500 in donations for the cause.