OFFICE of SURFACE MINING
RECLAMATION and ENFORCEMENT

U.S. Department of the Interior

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WEST VIRGINIA
REFORESTATION RESEARCH

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Dr. Jeffrey Skousen and his colleagues at West Virginia University have performed the following studies on reforestation of mined lands during the past several years:


All of the above studies and additional research can be viewed at the following link: http://anr.ext.wvu.edu/land_reclamation/reforestation

In the spring of 2005, Dr. Skousen commenced working with Catenary Coal Company in evaluating a large reforestation experimental practice site. The experimental practice site is 220 acres, and about 170,000 trees were planted in March 2005. The study involves planting six commercial hardwood species (red oak, white oak, yellow poplar, black cherry, white ash, and sugar maple) into 7-ac plots composed of two substrates (gray sandstone and brown sandstone). Half of each plot was compacted with more than 3 passes with a bulldozer versus 1 – 2 bulldozer passes.

Permanent sampling areas are being established within the plots and also in other locations throughout the 220-ac experimental practice area, which was planted with the same species, to monitor the survival and growth of the trees, and also to determine the physical and chemical properties of the minesoils (color, rock fragment content, texture, bulk density, water-holding capacity, pH, organic matter, nutrients). The study is planned to continue for 10 years.

For more information about surface mine reforestation research in West Virginia,
please contact:

Dr. Jeffrey Skousen
Professor and Reclamation Specialist
West Virginia University
Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
Agricultural Sciences Building
1106 Morgantown, West Virginia 26506
Telephone: (304) 293-6256 ext. 4326
E-mail: jskousen@wvu.edu
WVU Bio: http://www.caf.wvu.edu/PLSC/faculty/soilscience/Skousen/skousen.html

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