4 November 2013


L to R:  Chris Miller (OSM), Carol Moore and
Barry Thacker (CCWF) Will DeBord (OSM),
and Vic Davis, Reforestation Consultant
(formerly with OSM)

We are honored and thrilled to announce that Reclamation Specialist Chris Miller, with the Office of Surface Mining, presented the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI) Excellence in Reforestation State Award to the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation (CCWF) at the annual Tennessee Mining Conference in Gatlinburg on Monday.  Chris announced that the CCWF has planted trees on Forestry Reclamation Approach (FRA) prepared sites for the past six years, has educated the community on the benefits of reforestation on mine sites, and has fully supported ARRI and the FRA through its objective to “improve the quality of life in the Coal Creek Watershed.”

If you would like to view a PDF of the award presentation, CLICK HERE!

All of the tree planting events are shown on our web page at Arbor Day Link Page!

Earl Bandy of OSM (R) shows students
the proper planting methods

OSM Forester Chris Miller taught us the
proper way to plant trees at the 2013 event

Chestnuts grown in classroom nurseries to be
planted by students on mine site using FRA method

Article from first tree planting event in 2008

 Senator Becky Duncan Massey and
Chris Miller of OSM

OSM's George Gunn with his
gang of tree planters


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