State opening reclaimed mine to public

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Division of Forestry is showing off a project this week in eastern Kentucky where it has planted hardwood forest seedlings and American chestnut plantings at an old mine site.

The agency used federal funds to show companies and private landowners how reclaimed mining land can be turned into working forests.

Working in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the University of Kentucky and others, the division planted 14,000 hardwood seedlings from its Morgan County nursery on 16 acres in Lawrence County in March. They included high-value oaks, mixed hickories and black locust, along with crossbred American chestnut and disease-resistant American elm.

The site will be opening starting at 11 a.m. EDT Thursday for public tour. It is about two miles east of Martha on Kentucky 32.

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