The Buckeye Hills RC&D planted 30,000 trees, 24,000 of which were inoculated with P.t.(Pitholithus tinctorius), on 26 acres of reclaimed and unreclaimed mine lands on the Duck Creek Watershed. There were two sites involved in this project, both which were once forested. One site was reclaimed mine land that had been planted to grass cover. The other site was unreclaimed spoil where only soil remained. Trees were particularly needed on this site to reduce sedimentation into Duck Creek. This reforestation was part of a large effort to improve the water quality of the Duck Creek Watershed. Wildlife such as deer, turkey and rabbits will also benefit from increased habitat. There were many participants in this project, including Rural Action volunteers who helped to plant trees, Ohio DNR-Division of Forestry, Ohio State University Extension, B&N Coal Company, Nobel and Washington Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Eastern Ohio Resource Development Center and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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