The Woodbury Wildlife Area in Coshocton County, Ohio converted a damaged area as a result of strip-mining back to native forest by planting 50,000 mixed hardwoods on 100 acres. The strip-mining began in 1963 and continued for 24 years. The project site was previously forested, but after the mining took place grasslands were established. Planting trees will accelerate the return of the land to forests. Many benefits will result from this project, including an increase of biodiversity, increased moisture retention, reduced soil runoff, improvement of soil, recreational activities such as bird watching, hiking and hunting and habitat for deer, turkey, rabbits and many bird species. 15,000 trees were hand planted by volunteers, including local residents, Boy Scouts and employees of the Ohio DNR. Other organizations such as the Ruffed Grouse Society, National Wild Turkey Federation, Ohio DNR Divisions of Wildlife and Reclamation and the Ohio Mining and Reclamation Association were important for this project to succeed.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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