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Chapter 3: Selecting materials for mine soil construction when establishing forests on Appalachian mined landsAuthor(s): Jeff Skousen; Carl Zipper; Jim Burger; Christopher Barton; Patrick Angel
Source: In: Adams, Mary Beth, ed. The Forestry Reclamation Approach: guide to successful reforestation of mined lands. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-169. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 3-1 – 3-10.
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Station: Northern Research Station
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DescriptionThe Forestry Reclamation Approach (FRA), a method for reclaiming coal-mined land to forest (Chapter 2, this volume), is based on research, knowledge, and experience of forest soil scientists and reclamation practitioners. Step 1 of the FRA is to create a suitable rooting medium for good tree growth that is no less than 4 feet deep and consists of topsoil, weathered sandstone, or the best available material, or a combination of these materials. Selection and placement of a suitable growth medium are critical for successful reforestation on surface mines. Constructing mine soils using suitable materials enhances and accelerates development of diverse forest ecosystems. This Forest Reclamation Advisory provides guidance on how to execute Step 1 of the FRA and is intended for mine operators seeking to reestablish native forest as a postmining land use with pre-mining capability on surface mines.
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CitationSkousen, Jeff; Zipper, Carl; Burger, Jim; Barton, Christopher; Angel, Patrick. 2017. Chapter 3: Selecting materials for mine soil construction when establishing forests on Appalachian mined lands. In: Adams, Mary Beth, ed. The Forestry Reclamation Approach: guide to successful reforestation of mined lands. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-169. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 3-1 – 3-10.
- Chapter 7: Selecting tree species for reforestation of Appalachian mined lands
- The Forestry Reclamation Approach: guide to successful reforestation of mined lands
- Chapter 9: Planting hardwood tree seedlings on reclaimed mine land in the Appalachian region
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