4-16-12: Reforesting Strip-Mined Land
In Allegany and Garrett counties, there are thousands of acres of open land in areas that used to hold coal mines. When the process of strip mining is finished, it can be difficult for plants and trees to survive on that land without substantial restoration. A group in western Maryland called “Frostburg Grows”is working to re-introduce trees and native plants to these former mines and to educate area residents on how to do the same.
Sheilah talks with one of the originators of the project: Paul Kazyak works for Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources as the Highlands Action Program Liaison.
Paul’s handing over the reins to several others, including Mimi Hernandez, the Coordinator for the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies at Frostburg State University. We look forward to talking with her at some future date.