7th Annual Arbor Day
Tree Planting Event
Hosted by
DRC Coal Company LLC
with Clairfield & White Oak
School students

Successful tree planting
on top of mountain in
Campbell Co, TN
on re-mined land prepared
by the
Forestry Reclamation Approach

21 April 2015 !!!

Photos shown below and
more on Flickr at
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DRC COAL, LLC

The Arbor Day 2015 planting event was held on former abandoned mine land which DRC Coal, LLC has re-mined and is reclaiming using the Forestry Reclamation Approach

About 80 volunteers including students from Clairfield and White Oak Schools and others traveled to the site to plant over 800 bare-root seedlings of various species provided by DRC Coal, LLC, the Tennessee Mining Association, OSMRE, and the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation, Inc.  The trees included American chestnuts planted for this future forest that students will be able to bring their grandchildren to visit one day.  Foresters from The Office of Surface Mining  led the effort and taught us the best methods for planting success.

Students saw areas where there were previously abandoned highwalls from mining performed prior to enactment of the 1977 Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA), which have now been re-mined and are ready to become forests using FRA reclamation.  Additional details about re-mining, and how FRA sites are part of the American Chestnut Foundation’s plan to introduce blight-resistant chestnuts into Appalachian forests, can be found at http://www.coalcreekaml.com/MineRecLesson3.htm

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Jason Chambers of DRC Coal was our host

Chris Miller of OSM instructs us on how to plant the trees

Barry Thacker, PE addresses the crowd
   

Jason Chambers with DRC Coal, Barry Thacker with Coal Creek,
and Chris Miller with OSM visited the site back in the
winter to plan for the event.

OSM's Will DeBord, Chris Miller, and Barry Thacker, PE
 

The giant American Chestnuts were the King of the Forests
in the Appalachian areas of old.  We are helping to restore them.

American Chestnuts
Image from kitchengardeners.org


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THANKS TO THE SCHOOLS AND THE VOLUNTEERS!!

Adult volunteers Included:

Phil Boggs of Mark V and TN Mining Association
Logan Carpenter, OSMRE
Will DeBord, OSMRE
Jimmy Elden, OSMRE
Jonathan Middleton, OSMRE
Chris Miller, OSMRE
Carol Moore, Coal Creek Watershed Foundation and TN Mining Association
Whitney Nash, OSMRE
Ariel Norris, OSMRE
Tim Rudder, OSMRE
Mark Snyder, OSMRE
Barry Thacker, PE, Coal Creek Watershed Foundation and TN Mining Association

 

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