Harrison State Forest, located in Archer Township in eastern Ohio, was strip-mined prior to 1960 and re-mined and reclaimed in the 1980's. In 1993, American Forests helped fund tree planting on 161 acres here. Tree planting on reclaimed strip-mined sites is a challenging endeavor because the environmental conditions are man-made. Two subsequent years of drought and the emergence of Brood V of the periodical cicadas in 1999 destroyed the sites planted with sycamore, although areas planted with other species flourished. Green ash and red and white oak were planted in this project as in-fill to the original planting in 1993. Additionally, two new sites were also planted, one of which had also been strip-mined. Fifth-grade students from Harrison County schools will help replant part of the original site. The Ohio DNR-Division of Forestry and the Harrison Soil and Water Conservation District were partners in this project.
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