Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2014 Elizabeth R. Hansen
Surface coal mining is a major form of land change and environmental degradation in Central Appalachia. Traditional mine reclamation iresults in unmanaged, unproductive grasslands that fail to mitigate many of the environmental costs of coal mining and are of minimal use to communities. Forestry reclamation is an alternative reclamation tactic that has the potential to address both environmental and socioeconomic concerns in Central Appalachia. A case study of Laurel Fork Mine in Eastern Kentucky is included.
Hansen, Elizabeth R., "Reforestation, Renewal, and the Cost of Coal: Opposing a Manichean Worldview in Central Appalachia" (2015). Pomona Senior Theses. 132.
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