Appalachia’s Coal-Mining Legacy: Reforesting for the Future
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About Cliff Drouet:
Cliff Drouet career in forestry spans three decades and includes work with timber companies as a procurement forester, as an independent forestry manager, and as a forester with federal agencies including Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Office of Surface Mining.
In this Podcast:
- The benefits of forests for wildlife habitat, clean water, climate mitigation, and economic impact.
- An overview of the forestry reclamation approach and the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative.
- The ways forestry can begin to transform communities that relied on coal mining.
- The intersection between abandoned mine lands and other environmental hazards like flooding.
Learn more about the resources mentioned in this episode:
- Painting the Smokies Exhibit at the Tennessee State Museum
- Elk in Kentucky
- Cumberland Forest Project from The Nature Conservancy
- “Abandoned mine lands restoration brings excitement, but long-term challenges remain for mountain communities”
- River Talks Episode “Reforestation of Appalachia’s Mine Lands”.