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Bringing Native Plants Back to Mine Lands: Community Voices and Case Studies

By November 15, 2023No Comments

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 1 PM –  2PM EST

We held the second of two webinars (you can watch Part 1 here) about the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI), and how new investments in reforesting mine lands can create jobs, new economic opportunities, sequester carbon and reduce flooding.

This event featured community stakeholders sharing firsthand experience in how mine revegetation and reforestation can work, how forestry nursery management operates, and the regional economic impacts of reforestation initiatives.

This successful program has worked to reforest and revegetate former mine sites since 2004. With over 10,000 acres of reforested mine lands and a science-based approach to reforestation that includes partners from state & federal agencies, non-profits, and academic institutions, ARRI has a proven track record of sustainable growth across the region.

You can view the slides here.

Speakers included:


Cliff Drouet

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE)


Gary Conley

Rural Action


Sam Felton

Mayor of Marlinton


Joshua Nease

Mon Forest Towns

This event was hosted by  Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, Appalachian Voices, National Wildlife Federation, and Reimagine Appalachia.