Department Of Natural Resources Representatives Hold Open House

The Department for Natural Resources held an open house Tuesday in Hazard to give the public an opportunity to learn more about what they do.

The Department for Natural Resources or D.N.R. invited the citizens of Eastern Kentucky to come spend the day at the Hazard Community and Technical College.

"We feel it’s very important to reach out to the citizens that live everyday with the mining and extraction of natural resources that we regulate," said D.N.R. Commissioner Susan Bush.

Each division had displays explaining how their department works and the directors were there to answer any questions. Departments such as forestry were present to explain the costs of arson and how to protect your property from wild fires.

"We want to hear their concerns and their comment on our programs," said Bush.

Coal mining is one of Kentucky's biggest industries but can also cause some concerns. The Division of Mine Permits has been regulating the location and the setup of coal mines for 25 years.

"The public can participate in the permitting process, they can review the permit applications and they can see that the mine plans follow the law and adhere to the law," said Paul Ehret, Director of the Division of Mine Permits.

The Department for Natural Resources wants everyone to know how their rights are protected under Kentucky's laws.

The Department for Natural Resources says anyone can contact them if they feel state regulations are not being followed. For more information on the D.N.R., you can visit their website at

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