Freshly mined area, a little patch of forest not yet mountaintop-removal-mined and the autumn-olive "reclaimed" areas. Plant species before mountaintop removal, from lichen and moss to tree: around 1,000. Plant species after reclamation: several varieties of non-native grass, autumn olive, some pines, perhaps some other non-native shrubs if you're lucky. Photo taken June 4, 2006.
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