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.
Archive for the Nature Category
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.
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.