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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VIRGINIA REFORESTATION RESEARCH

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Dr. James Burger, Professor of Forest Soil Science
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Department of Forestry

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Dr. Carl Zipper, Associate Professor
Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences
Director, Powell River Project
Smyth Hall
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
Telephone: (540) 231-9782
E-mail: czip@vt.edu
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The Powell River Project is a cooperative program of Virginia Tech and the coal industry that sponsors research and education programs to enhance restoration of coal-mined lands in Virginia and other eastern states.

Since its founding in 1980, Powell River Project has been a sponsor of mine reforestation research conducted by Dr. James Burger and his associates in the Virginia Tech Department of Forestry. Powell River Project’s Research and Education Center, an 1100 acre area in Wise County, Virginia, hosts mine reforestation research sites and demonstration areas developed by Dr. Burger.

In addition to his responsibilities with the Powell River Project, Dr. Carl Zipper conducts research that addresses carbon sequestration through reforestation of reclaimed mine areas, and he works with coal mining firms and reclamation agencies to aid application of reforestation research results in active mining.

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PDF icon How to Restore Forests on Surface-Mined Land J.A. Burger and C.E. Zipper. Publication 460-123. [updated 2009] NEW
PDF icon Establishing Ground Cover for Forested Post-Mining Land Uses.
J.A. Burger, C. Zipper, J. Skousen. Publication 460-124. [updated 2009] NEW
PDF icon Restoring the Value of Forests on Reclaimed Mined Land.
J.A. Burger and C. Zipper. Publication 460-138.[updated 2009] NEW
PDF icon Recovery of Native Plant Communities after  Mining
K. Holl, C.E. Zipper, and J.A. Burger. Publication 460-140. [updated 2009] NEW
PDF icon Mine Permitting to Establish Productive Forests as Post-Mining Land Uses
J.A. Burger and C.E. Zipper. Publication 460-141. [updated 2009] NEW

All of the above studies and additional research can be viewed at the following link:
http://www.cses.vt.edu/PRP/VCE_Pubs.html

For more information about surface mine reforestation research in Virginia, please
visit our website or contact:

Dr. James Burger
Professor Emeritus, Forestry and Soil Science
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Department of Forest Conservation and Environmental Resources
Cheatham Hall
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
E-mail: jaburger@vt.edu

Dr. Carl Zipper
Director, Powell River Project
Associate Professor
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences
Smyth Hall
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
Telephone: (540) 231-9782
E-mail: czip@vt.edu
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Dr. Brian D. Strahm
Assistant Professor of Forest Soils and Ecology
Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation
228 Cheatham Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Telephone: (540)231-8627
Fax: (540)231-3330
Department: (540)231-7672
E-mail:
brian.strahm@vt.edu
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