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Why the Government Should NOT Fund Tree Planting on MTR Sites

Posted in Nature, Save Appalachia with tags , , , , , on August 14, 2009 by ezlnwv

According to the AP,  “The Obama administration is mulling a proposal for a new jobs program with the aim of planting trees on Appalachian mountaintops that have been scalped by mining companies in search of coal.” The money would go to a group called the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative. On the surface, this seems like a great way to reclaim mountaintop removal sites and at the same time bring jobs to the region.

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Do Look Down (Part I)

Posted in Nature with tags , , , , , on April 19, 2009 by ezlnwv

Here are a few of the wildflowers I have encountered so far this spring.  You are welcome to use the pictures, just give credit to this site.  Each of the following species can be found in the rich coves of Southern, WV where they are often burried by mountaintop removal/valley fill coal mining.

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Trout Lilly Season

Posted in Nature on April 5, 2009 by ezlnwv


There are many possibile explanations as to why Erythronium species are commonly called trout lillies.  The perennials bloom in very early spring about the same time trout season begins. They are  likely to be found growing on the acidic banks of the same turgid streams in which native trout live.  To top it off, their glabrous leaves are slick and mottled like a brook trout.

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