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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF FOREST SERVICE HISTORY SALUTES ARCH COAL’S CONSERVATION LEGACY ON PUBLIC LANDS

Vail, Colorado, September 20, 2012 – The National Museum of Forest Service History today presented the Museum’s Conservation Legacy Award to Arch Coal, Inc. in recognition of their commitment to the protection of natural resources, wildlife and water quality values during mining and restoration operations on public and private lands. The award was presented at the Forest Service Reunion in Vail, Colo.

“The Museum board salutes Arch Coal for passing on a conservation legacy through its outstanding actions to restore landscapes, safeguard wildlife and enhance the public lands where the company operates. They have set a stellar example for public-private cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and demonstrated an unwavering commitment to serving as long-term custodians of our nation’s forests and grasslands,” said Gray Reynolds, president, National Museum of Forest Service History.

As one of the largest mine operators on National Forest System lands, Arch Coal and its employees provide leadership in water conservation benefiting wildlife and local communities. At the Thunder Basin National Grassland in Wyoming, the miners of Arch Coal’s Black Thunder Mine created Pronghorn Lake on 59 acres of reclaimed lands. This valuable water source benefits wildlife and migratory waterfowl.

In Utah employees designed, funded and installed a guzzler system on National Forest System lands to provide birds and small mammals with a reliable water supply as a counter measure to extended periods of drought. In addition, a company mine in Utah voluntarily haul water to two national forests each spring to benefit more than 2,000 grazing cattle. 

In Colorado, Arch Coal employees improved fish migration and spawning by modifying beaver dams. In the Rocky Mountain region, the company helps sustain sage grouse and migrating hawk populations through partnerships with the U.S. Forest Service and conservation groups.

From the Appalachians to the Great Basin, Arch Coal restores forestland and protects grasslands. In West Virginia, the company has planted more than 1.5 million hardwood and softwood tree seedlings since 2002 at its Coal-Mac operation. This reforestation project doubled the number of trees found prior to operations, thus restoring the site to its historic woodland character. In Utah, Arch Coal volunteers join Hands on the Land to remove invasive plants and preserve the beauty of the natural ecosystem on National Forest System lands.

Working with the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, Arch Coal’s contributions to clean coal technologies have led to significant reductions in mercury emissions, improving air quality for the nation and the globe.

Arch Coal’s mining operations supply coal to 200 power plants in 40 states, supporting the electric power needs of 24 million people.  Coal mined from National Forest System lands totals 19 percent of domestic production, and is an important use of the nation’s public resources. Arch Coal’s best management practices on the lands and waters where it operates are a model for demonstrating the Greater Good Philosophy of multiple use that has guided management of National Forest System lands and defined conservation for more than 100 years. “This is a conservation legacy worthy of recognition,” said Reynolds.

Ken Cochran, senior vice president, operations, for Arch Coal, accepted the award on behalf of the company and its executive leadership. “We thank the National Museum of Forest Service History for recognizing our efforts to meet the world’s energy needs in a responsible manner.  Our commitment to protecting and restoring America’s lands extends to every project, many in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service.”

The Conservation Legacy Award recognizes an organization, company, or individual that demonstrates an exceptional commitment to advancing the legacy of conservation of our national forests and grasslands, invites the participation of the public and like-minded organizations, and exhibits the esprit de corps that has served for more than one hundred years to define the work of the U.S. Forest Service and its cooperators in the private and nonprofit sectors.

About the National Museum of Forest Service History
The National Museum of Forest Service History, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1988, is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the entire national history of the USDA Forest Service for the education and enjoyment of the general public, scholars, and historical researchers. For more information, visit www.forestservicemuseum.org

About Arch Coal, Inc.
U.S.-based Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE:ACI) is a top five global coal producer and marketer. Arch is the most diversified American coal company, with mining complexes across every major U.S. coal supply basin. Its core business is supplying cleaner-burning, low-sulfur thermal and metallurgical coal to power generators and steel manufacturers on five continents. In 2011, Arch continued to lead the U.S. coal industry in safety performance and environmental compliance among large, diversified producers. For more information, visit www.archcoal.com.

About the National Museum of Forest Service History
The National Museum of Forest Service History, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1988, is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the entire national history of the USDA Forest Service for the education and enjoyment of the general public, scholars, and historical researchers. For more information, visit www.forestservicemuseum.org.

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