Low Compaction Grading to Enhance Reforestation Success on Coal Surface Mines

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2007-07
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Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative
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This advisory describes final-grading techniques for reclaiming coal-surface mines to forest postmining land uses. Final grading that leaves a loose soil and a rough surface increases survival of planted seedlings and forest productivity. Such practices are often less costly than traditional "smooth grading" while meeting Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) requirements.

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