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    Author(s): J. Groninger; J. Skousen; P. Angel; C. Barton; J. Burger; C. Zipper
    Date: 2017
    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: 8-1 – 8-7.
    Publication Series: Book Chapter
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    "Natural succession" is a term used to describe natural changes in plant community composition over time. In the forested Appalachian region, disturbances from storms, fire, logging, or mining can disrupt or destroy established forests. Natural processes that lead to restoration of the forest vegetation following such a disturbance usually begin quickly and result in development of another forest. On reclaimed mine sites, the quality of that forest and the speed with which it develops depend upon the conditions created by the mining and reclamation process (Fig. 8-1).

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    Groninger, J.; Skousen, J.; Angel, P.; Barton, C.; Burger, J.; Zipper, C. 2017. Chapter 8: Mine reclamation practices to enhance forest development through natural succession. 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: 8-1 – 8-7.

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