Monongahela Forest Restoration

Camping Vista at Monongahela Forest Restoration
Abstract: 
The U.S. Forest Service is working with partners to restore a spruce ecosystem in the Monongahela National Forest. The Lambert area had previously been mined. The community wants to consider the changing climate during restoration.
Project Status: 
Ongoing
Location: 
Huttonsville, WV
Partner(s): 
U.S. Forest Service
Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science

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Healthy and diverse forests are more resilient to variations in the climate. Some native plants have traits that make them more adaptable to changing climate conditions. Restoring soils can increase infiltration, recharge groundwater, and slow runoff. These changes help to make the forest and surrounding area more resilient during droughts, extreme temperatures, and intense rainfall. 

Areas within the  were mined for coal in the 1970s and 1980s. To reclaim the land after mining, trees and grasses were planted to stabilize slopes and control soil erosion. However, many of the species that were planted were non-native.  In addition, efforts to reshape the landscape to its original contour compacted the soil. Today, the U.S. Forest Service is working with partners to  and enhance their long-term resilience to climate change. These efforts will also help to improve the watershed, provide wildlife habitat, and restore native ecosystems. 



The  is partnering with the  (ARRI). ARRI is dedicated to restoring forests on coal mined lands in the Eastern United States. Core Team members come from the Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) as well as a number of State agencies that regulate coal mining. In this project, the Forest Service and ARRI joined with , the , and many other partners to make restoration a success.

 

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