OFFICE of SURFACE MINING
RECLAMATION and ENFORCEMENT

U.S. Department of the Interior

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APPALACHIAN REGIONAL REFORESTATION INITIATIVE


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GREEN FOREST WORKS FOR APPALACHIA



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Green Forests Works is Gaining Momentum

Eight Job Corp students, holding heavy, orange, metal tree planting tools called ‘dibble bars’, poise for a photo after planting high-value hardwood tree seedlings on a reclaimed abandoned coal refuse site in Wise County, Virginia.

Above Photo: Eight Job Corp students, holding heavy, orange, metal tree planting tools called 'dibble bars', poise for a photo after planting high-value hardwood tree seedlings on a reclaimed abandoned coal refuse site in Wise County, Virginia.

     

2009:

  • 40 acres on 10 sites
  • 28,000 trees
  • 500 volunteers + no funding

2010:

  • 200 acres on 17 sites
  • 140,000 trees
  • 2,000 volunteers + little funding

2011:

  • 680 acres on 18 sites
  • 500,000 trees
  • 1,700 volunteers + more funding

 

 

 
Green Forests Work foresters plant a diversity of native hardwood tree and shrub species on old, unused mine sites in the Appalachian coal fields. Since conifers are a small but important component of the eastern hardwood forest, some pine seedlings like this eastern white pine have been added to the tree planting mix on this barren mine site in the anthracite coal country of eastern Pennsylvania.

Above Photo: Green Forests Work foresters plant a diversity of native hardwood tree and shrub species on old, unused mine sites in the Appalachian coal fields. Since conifers are a small but important component of the eastern hardwood forest, some pine seedlings like this eastern white pine have been added to the tree planting mix on this barren mine site in the anthracite coal country of eastern Pennsylvania.

 

College students from many eastern states come to central Appalachia during their spring breaks to volunteer to plant trees for Green Forests Work on abandoned mountaintop surface mines.  The work is hard but fun and very rewarding.

Above Photo: College students from many eastern states come to central Appalachia during their spring breaks to volunteer to plant trees for Green Forests Work on abandoned mountaintop surface mines.  The work is hard but fun and very rewarding.

 


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