Coal Mine Reclamation

Photo: Green Forests Work

Photo: Green Forests Work

For more than a century, coal companies here in Virginia have been transforming wooded hillsides — strip mining more than a million acres of land in Central Appalachia. They’re required to restore those sites, but environmentalists aren’t always happy with the results, and area residents find no economic use for the land. Now, however, there’s something new happening on old mining sites.  Jonna McKone reports.

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