Volunteers plant trees on mine lands

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (AP) - Volunteers have planted hundreds of
trees on reclaimed mine land in eastern Kentucky.
The project is part of an initiative by the United Nations
Billion Tree Campaign that set a goal in 2009 of planting one tree
for every person on Earth. The Appalachian Regional Reforestation
Initiative pledged to plant 38 million trees on mined land.
Most of the trees planted on reclaimed mine lands this month
near Pikeville were black walnut and other native hardwoods, though
two American Chestnut trees were also planted, the Middlesboro
Daily News reported.
The trees will restore non-productive grasslands in the Fishtrap
Watershed area.


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