Award of Excellence
"THE HUMAN TOLL: MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL MINING"
Tree seedlings grow into a rocky ground that have recently been planted for reclamation on a mountaintop removal site in eastern Kentucky. Because the rich topsoil on which trees and native plants once thrived has been scraped off during the mining, often times it is difficult to get many native trees to survive on reclaimed sites. Complete reforestation is rare, and many sites end up as grassy pastures after it is hydro-seeded.