8th Annual
Arbor Day Planting Event
where students from
Clairfield & White Oak Schools
made history by planting
blight-resistant
American chestnut hybrids
on mine site reclaimed by
Kopper Glo Mining, LLC

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

19 April 2016 !!!

 

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Group shot on top of mountain with the town of Clairfield in the background
 

When you’re the first to do something, nobody can ever take it away from you.  That’s what students from Clairfield and White Oak Schools can claim after the Arbor Day 2016 planting event.  They are the first classes in Tennessee to plant blight-resistant American chestnut hybrids at a mine site reclaimed using the Forestry Reclamation Approach

Over 90 students from Clairfield and White Oak Schools, along with volunteers, traveled to the site to plant nearly 1,000 bare-root seedlings of various species, along with 30 of the potted American chestnut hybrids, provided by Kopper Glo Mining, LLC, the Tennessee Mining Association, and the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation, Inc.  Foresters from The Office of Surface Mining  led the effort and taught us the best methods for planting success.  An additional 20 potted American chestnut hybrids will be planted at an adjacent site tomorrow. 

Special thanks to the landowner, Corrigan TLP LLC, and its land manager, Molpus Woodlands Group, for signing the germplasm agreement with the American Chestnut Foundation to allow this planting of restoration chestnuts.  

Imagine the great-great grandchildren of these students visiting the site someday to view the breath-taking beauty of an American chestnut forest and saying, “My great-great grandparents planted those trees.”

2016 Forestry Reclamation Approach (FRA) Planting Site

Kopper Glo Mining, LLC is committed to environmentally responsible mining and conducts its operations with the highest regard for the land.

In partnership with the University of Tennessee, Kopper Glo Mining, LLC conducts a variety of scientific experiments on its mine sites, including sedimentation studies, designed to improve the reclamation process. Through their involvement with the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative, UT distributes the findings throughout Appalachia ensuring the entire region’s reclamation efforts benefit.

Plans for reclamation begin in the initial permitting phase and must be approved by a variety of experts before mining can begin. Kopper Glo Mining, LLC works closely with state and federal regulators and community interests to ensure that lands return to their natural state once mining is complete.

Kopper Glo Mining, LLC surface mining operations use a Terex Superior Highwall Miner, which is able to maximize coal recovery and minimize environmental impact.

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VOLUNTEERS INCLUDED:

Beeson-Kesler, Muriah – OSM
Boggs, Phil – Mark V
Bryan, Stefany – OSM
Carpenter, Logan – OSM
Carr, Tom – Molpus
Dabney, Mychal – OSM
Debord, Will – OSM
Dye, Ian – OSM
Elder, Jimmy – OSM
Gilliam, Roger – Kopper Glo
Gilmer, Wes – Kopper Glo
Gunn, George – OSM
Heim, Tiffany – OSM
Helton, Ron – Kopper Glo
McCarter, Robin – Kopper Glo
Miller, Chris – OSM
Moore, Carol – Schnabel Engineering – Coal Creek Watershed Foundation
Nash, Whitney – OSM
Petro, Sharon
Rudder, Tim – OSM
Selecman, Wes – Molpus
Smith, Ronnie – Kopper Glo
Snyder, Mark – OSM
Thacker, Barry – Schnabel Engineering – Coal Creek Watershed Foundation

Special thanks to the landowner, Corrigan TLP LLC, and its land manager, Molpus Woodlands Group, for signing the germplasm agreement with the American Chestnut Foundation to allow this planting of restoration chestnuts.  

 

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