The state’s Department of Environmental Protection has accepted a reforestation award for an abandoned mine project in northern Clarion County.
The DEP says its Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation has received the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative’s state award for a reclamation effort in Farmington Township.
The work included grading material into a mine pit to restore surface areas to their original contour, drainage and wall removal. Then, nearly 5,400 trees were planted over about half of the 25.3 acres of property involved in the project. The federally-funded project cost about $367,000, and was completed in May, 2013.
The awards are given out annually to honor active and abandoned coal mine restoration projects in the Appalachian Region.