Tree Plantings

ARRI

In April of 2011, SHA worked with Mountaintop Coal Mining and Reading Anthracite to do two Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI) tree plantings. An initiative by Office of Surface Mining (OSM), the ARRI project seeks to assist the process of mine land reclamation by reducing compaction in the soil and planting trees. This helps to hasten the return of the reclamation sites to native forest.

On April 29th, twenty five volunteers planted about 2,000 tree seedlings on a two acre site owned by Schuylkill County and leased by Mountaintop Coal Mining. On April 30th, fifty volunteers planted over 4,000 tree seedlings on a four acre site owned by Reading Anthracite.

Volunteers Planting Trees

Participants included students from Blue Mountain High School, Penn State Schuylkill and Pine Grove Area High School.  Additionally, 15/16 backcross American Chestnut trees were planted at both sites. These trees will be resistant to the blight.  Partners in the 2011 ARRI tree planting projects included DCNR Bureau of Forestry, DEP, Schuylkill Conservation District, and OSM. Pictures from the 2011 ARRI tree plantings will be posted on the SHA website soon! For more information about the ARRI program please visit www.arri.osmre.gov.

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