Mined Land Reforestation Workshops Held in Ohio
October 2006


The Office of Surface Mining, Columbus Field Office and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Divisions Mineral Resources Management, in conjunction with the Ohio Division of Forestry held 2 one day - Reforestation Workshops in Cambridge, Ohio and New Philadelphia, Ohio on October 13 and 27, 2006.


The workshops were held to promote the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI) using the Forestry Reclamation Approach (FRA) to planting trees on active and abandoned mine sites. The workshops were the first of many planned workshops in the States of Appalachia discussing ARRI and the use of FRA.


The workshops included discussions on breaking Paradigms, ARRI and the Use of FRA, Creating Suitable rooting medium, grading practices, ground cover selection, Tree Selection and successful tree planting. The discussions were lead by Michael Hiscar, OSMRE Ohio, Patrick Angel, OSMRE Kentucky, Dr. James Burger, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and Chad Sanders, DOF.


Picture to the left is of Dr. James Burger discussing creating a suitable rooting medium in the Cambridge Work shop.


Approximately 70 people attended the two one day workshops. The attendees included personnel from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mineral Resources Management (DMRM), Division of Forestry (DOF), and the Division of Wildlife (DOW). Other attendees include mining industry personnel, Citizen Groups, tree planting companies, Consultants, Landowners and Engineers.


Attendees listening to a presentation on ARRI and FRA at the New Philadelphia workshop.






The attendees will now be able to comply with the Ohio Policy/Procedure Directive (PPD) Inspection and Enforcement 94-1, requiring proper planting and tree seedlings on mined lands.


Chad Sanders, ODNR -DOF leads a discussion on Tree Selection.


At the conclusion of the meeting attendees were asked to sign the Statement of Mutual Intent for the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative. The Statement states the desire to work together to promote and encourage the planting of more trees on mine sites using the FRA technology to increase survival rates, increase overall productivity, and promote natural invasion and succession of plant and animal communities. Over 40 people signed the

Statement to plant more trees on mined lands.


If you should have any questions concerning the workshops or the use of FRA contact ODNR-DMRM, Jeff Emmons at 740-439-9079 or OSMRE Ohio, Michael Hiscar at 614-416-2238 x 108.