The federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI) recently presented its 2015 Excellence in Reforestation Award to DEP’s Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation and contractor Morgan’s Excavating.
The award was for the Coaldale Abandoned Mine Reclamation project in Rush Township, Centre County.
The project consisted of grading the available adjacent spoil material to eliminate two dangerous highwalls that were in excess of over 50 feet high and had a combined length of over 7,000 feet.
These dangerous abandoned mine features qualified for the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s Priority 2 safety criteria.
The site was designed and inspected by the Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation Cambria Office Staff.
The site was reclaimed by Morgan’s Excavating, LLC utilizing the ARRI methodology as designed and completed under a BAMR contract. The total project covered 61 acres with 38,000 trees planted on 52 acres.
The project is located adjacent to the Moshannon State Forest and is in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The reclamation is consistent with the Chesapeake Reforestation Strategy and will provide cover and habitat for the local wildlife and provide enjoyment for the local sportsman of the area for generations to follow.(Photo: Bill Dadamo (BAMR), Charlesetta Morgan, Ralph Morgan, Kevin Giles (BAMR), John Stefanko, Eric Cavazza (BAMR), Shawn Whitaker (BAMR))
(Reprinted from the June 23 DEP News. Click Here to sign up for your own copy.)