Reclaimed mined land helping reestablish wild turkey populations in East Texas


Wild turkeys take flight on more than 10,000 acres of reclaimed land at Oak Hill Mine.

Wild turkeys take flight on more than 10,000 acres of reclaimed land at Oak Hill Mine.

UPDATE (Nov. 20, 2014): We checked in with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and are happy to report that the turkeys at Oak Hill Mine have laid eggs, poults have hatched and the turkeys are thriving – none of which will be on any tables this Thanksgiving.

Luminant’s environmental team and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department representatives recently released more than 80 wild turkeys on 10,000 acres of reclaimed land at the company’s Oak Hill Mine in Rusk County. The release is one of the first steps in helping restore the birds to their historic range in East Texas.

Oak Hill Mine was selected as an optimal release area since it is more than 50 percent forested and provides quality nesting and brood rearing habitat in patterns to support large turkey populations.

“Large acreage sites with the right mix of forested and open habitat are unique in East Texas and Oak Hill Mine is a prime location with over 10,000 contiguous acres of suitable habitat,” said Jason Hardin, TPWD upland game specialist. “We’re really excited and proud to be involved with Luminant. This is the first modern turkey restoration project at a mine site and Luminant is a leader in this effort.”

Learn more about the wild turkey restoration effort.

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