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Mine reclamation in ArkansasAuthor(s): Floyd Durham; James G. Barnum
Source: In: Trees for Reclamation Symposium Proceedings; Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-61. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 9-10
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Northeastern Research Station
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DescriptionOpen cut mine land reclamation laws have only been effective since 1971 in Arkansas. Since that time all land affected by mining had to be reclaimed. To guarantee reclamation, the first law required a $500 per acre surety bond be posted with the Arkansas Department of Pollution Control and Ecology. The Arkansas Open Cut Land Reclamation Act of 1977 changed the bonding requirements to the estimated cost of reclamation. Even so, there were no specific guidelines setting forth required species of grass, legumes, or trees to be used in reclamation. Consequently, the trend was to revegetate with grasses or legumes for pasture.
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CitationDurham, Floyd; Barnum, James G. 1980. Mine reclamation in Arkansas. In: Trees for Reclamation Symposium Proceedings; Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-61. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 9-10
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