APPALACHIAN REGIONAL REFORESTATION INITIATIVE
CORE AND SCIENCE TEAMS __________________________ FOREST RECLAMATION ADVISORIES __________________________ FORESTRY RECLAMATION APPROACH __________________________
IN THE NEWS __________________________ MINED LAND REFORESTATION CONFERENCES __________________________ PLANTING TREES ON LEGACY MINES __________________________ REFORESTATION AWARDS __________________________ REFORESTATION RESEARCH __________________________ STATE AND PRIVATE NURSERIES __________________________ STATEMENT OF MUTUAL INTENT
FORESTRY RECLAMATION APPROACH
ARRI Advocates Using the Forestry Reclamation Approach (FRA) to Reclaim Coal Mined Lands
5 Steps of the FRA:
Pictured are cross sections of trees, all the same age and cut the same distance from the ground. The bottom right tree grew in a natural Appalachian forest that was never mined.
The bottom left tree grew on a former mine site where the soil was heavily compacted using the traditional reclamation techniques advocated for the last 30 years.
The largest section is from a tree planted using the FRA. When proper planting techniques are used, tree growth can be increased exponentially.
The FRA technique described above is based on the forestry research and scientific studies of several leading universities. Current Federal and State regulations support the FRA technique for establishing forests as a postmining land use. The ARRI Core Team has determined that when FRA is implemented, bond releases are not unnecessarily delayed. For further information on how to implement FRA in your State, view the State Regulatory Authority Guidance Documents.
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Pictured above are research plots where ARRI foresters and Academics have studied the Forestry Reclamation Approach.
To learn more about the Forestry Reclamation Approach read our Forest Reclamation Advisories, published by the ARRI Science Team.