The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has finalized a guide for the process of restoring natural resources injured by the release of hazardous substances in southwest Missouri and has issued a call for projects that will aid in the restoration of damaged areas.
The guide, known as the Springfield Plateau Regional Restoration Plan, addresses damages to natural resources done by lead and zinc mining within the Tri-State Mining District, an area that includes southwestern Missouri, southeastern Kansas and northeastern Oklahoma.
The department and FWS has issued a request for proposals for restoration projects within the Tri-State Mining District. Funds totaling $235,000 are available for projects related to injuries to migratory birds and endangered species resulting from Eagle Picher mining and smelting activities around Joplin, Mo. Priority will be given to projects that improve or protect riparian migratory bird habitat.
The request for proposals and the plan can be found on the website of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at: the website of the Department of Natural Resources, as well as the FaceBook page “Springfield Plateau Restoration.”
The scoring matrix, maps and additional information can be found on these sites as well.
The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Sept. 21.