Coal Mine Reclamation for Reforestation
Over-compaction of soil/spoil during reclamation has severely limited tree growth on reclaimed land. A ten-year investigation conducted by the University of Kentucky at a surface coal mine monitored changes in soil/spoil physical characteristics that affect tree growth for various reclamation methods. Data collected during the study correlated well with tree survival and growth. Procedures were developed for handling soil/spoil during reclamation to minimize compaction in the replaced growing media to increase the potential for reforestation success.
Conrad, Paul, "Coal Mine Reclamation for Reforestation" (2017). Guest Lectures. 43.