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SIGN REFORESTATION INITIATIVE
Campaign to promote planting of hardwood trees on mine lands
Ky. (Aug. 17, 2005) – The reforestation of coal-mined lands using high-value
hardwood trees will be promoted under an initiative signed today by Governor
Ernie Fletcher, University of Kentucky President Lee Todd and representatives
In a ceremony at The University of Kentucky/Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) Arboretum, Governor Fletcher and Dr. Todd became partners with six other states and their universities in the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI) started by the federal Office of Surface Mining (OSM). The states, their universities and OSM are partnering in an effort to promote the planting of more high-value hardwood trees on active and abandoned coal mines in this region.
Governor Fletcher said the partnership fits with the goals of the state’s new, comprehensive energy strategy.
“We want to grow our economy, utilize our resources in a sustainable manner and at the same time, protect and maintain our commitment to environmental quality,” said Governor Fletcher. “The ARRI initiative compliments our state’s energy strategy to promote progressive reclamation practices through reforestation.”
Governor Fletcher also said that more
than 1 million native hardwood trees have already been planted throughout the
Dr. Todd said the program is an extension
“One of the primary tenets of our
land-grant mission is to conduct research that will promote positive change
the last 50 years of Surface Mining in
The member states that have signed the ARRI agreement are working to increase the planting of economically desirable trees on mine sites through the use of Forestry Reclamation Approach (FRA) technology – a five-step reclamation process, proven by forestry research to increase tree survival and productivity.
Reforestation provides multiple economic benefits including increased timber value, landowner tax reduction, enhanced recreational opportunities, jobs for the local economy and an economically viable post-mining land use option for both the landowner and the mining company.
states participating in the ARRI are