Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

Information on "Reclamation"

Mountaintop Removal Cuts Through Southern Forests

Mountaintop Mining Legacy:
Destroying Appalachian Streams

One Hand Clapping
 in the Coal Fields

Mountaintop Removal = Field of Dreams?

Reclaiming and developing the mountains


Forests Worth Far More Alive Than Dead

Mountaintop removal forests' return could take centuries, federal study says; Wise helped block document release

Biodiversity aids
biological life

Earth Crash: Documenting the Collapse of a Dying Planet

Orie Loucks: Mine reclamation leaves grass but not employment

A Costly Prison: Construction project prime case for not building on strip mines

William Maxey: Mountaintop removal hurts state's past and its future

The Myths of Restoration Ecology

Charleston Gazette: Reports detail mountaintop destruction

Charleston Gazette: Mountaintop removal could devastate region

Charleston Gazette: 'Woodlands' reclamation questioned

More from the Gazette

Julian Martin: In coal game, ex-coaches in Hall of Shame

Bob Sloan: Coal industry's models of success are just false fronts

CRMW: Reclamation' is not at all what it seems

Moving Headwaters Streams to the Head of the Class

Riparian deforestation, stream narrowing and loss of stream ecosystem services







OVEC's "Reclamation" Galleries
Click thumbnail images to view galleries.  Explore the galleries and follow the sidebar links to learn more about "reclamation."

Author Harry Caudill described strip mining reclamation efforts as akin to putting lipstick on a corpse. And that was before mountaintop removal / valley fill coal mining.

How can you reclaim the Central Appalachian's incredibly biodiverse mixed mesophytic forests (or "mitigate" for the region's biologically-crucial headwaters streams?)  You can't.

If you don't live in our woods, it's hard to comprehend their richness. According to Central Appalachian edition of The Smithsonian Guides to Natural America, the Kanawha State Forest boasts "more than 1,000 species of trees and plants, including 23 types of wild orchids, within its 9,474 acres. Seven types of sunflowers, for instance, were in bloom...Fourteen trails wind for 25 miles amid various forest communities...They provide glimpses of the rich vegetation, including the fleshy little touch-me-nots, the sinewy American hornbeam, hemlocks, papaws, umbrella magnolias, witch hazels, asters, cardinal flowers, joe-pye weed, bloodroot, sycamores, sassafras and a wealth of goldenrod."

Kanawha State Forest is typical of the Southern West Virginia mountains being annihilated by mountaintop removal coal mining. Indeed, a mountaintop removal site borders the southern edge of the forest.

These are the lands we use for gathering herbs and hunting. These are the hills that support our culture. Here are born the streams that feed the rivers millions of people rely on. All are being lost to mountaintop removal / valley fill coal mining--all in the name of "cheap" energy.

We only have estimates--and please send us study citations if you have them: According to our best available information, mountaintop removal mined coal accounts for about five percent of the coal burned for electricity in the United Sates. Repeat--the late is only an estimate and we are looking for solid information. With currently available energy efficiency and conservation measures, we could save from 20 to 30 percent of our energy usage. Mountaintop removal coal mining is unnecessary, uneconomical if you think in terms of ecosystem services and ecological economics, and immoral. What we are losing can never be reclaimed.

Please explore our photo galleries and the links in the sidebar to learn more about "reclamation."  Then join us in working to abolish mountaintop removal and steep slope mining.


Hobet 21 Complex, Boone and Lincoln Counties, WV

Hobet 21 Complex, Boone and Lincoln Counties, WV

Wind River Mine Site, Boone County, WV

Wind River Mine Site, Boone County, WV

Twisted Gun Golf Course in Mingo County

Twisted Gun Golf Course in Mingo County

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