Reclaimed lands at North American Coal Corporation’s Freedom Mine make a great home for sharptail grouse. Grouse perform their mating dances on dancing grounds called “leks”. Reclaimed leks were created by carefully landscaping mined land and seeding graded areas to a mixture of native grasses common to the area.
The Freedom Mine, located near Beulah, North Dakota, annually produces 15 million tons of lignite coal. Since mining began, more than 12,000 acres have been reclaimed for cropland, native rangeland, and wildlife.