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Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative

The Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI) is a coalition of groups, including citizens, the coal industry, and government dedicated to restoring forests on coal mined lands in the Eastern United States. ARRI seeks to change the existing Cultural, Technical, and Regulatory barriers surrounding the forestry reclamation of coal mined lands. Culturally, it intends to change the perception that tree planting is more expensive and risky than conventional reclamation, provide education on the impacts of compaction and change the perception of what good forestry reclamation should look like. Technically, it seeks to eliminate excessive surface compaction, ground cover competition, and inappropriate growth medium. Finally, ARRI seeks to change the perception that regulations impede effective reforestation techniques and interfere with bond release.

Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative

ARRI and the Appalachian LCC

ARRI is a coalition within the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), which is responsible for establishing a nationwide program to protect society and the environment from the adverse effects of surface coal mining operations while balancing the nation’s need for continued domestic coal production. OSM has been an integral part of the Appalachian LCC Steering Committee. In this role, OSM was a major partner in developing the governance structure, the mission and vision of the Cooperative, and helping to oversee the first project funding decisions.

ARRI is an Award-winning Initiative

ARRI DiagramARRI is proud to be the recipient of the following prestigious awards:

  • Partners in Conservation Award from the Secretary of the Interior; Awarded on October 18, 2012
  • Presidential Migratory Bird Federal Stewardship Award; Awarded on May 25, 2011
  • 2011 Arbor Day Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation; Awarded on May 10, 2011
  • Cooperative Conservation Award from the Secretary of the Interior; Awarded on May 9, 2007

These awards were made possible through the hard work of the ARRI Core and Science Teams and the hundreds of individuals and representatives of industry, environmental groups, academic institutions, citizen’s groups, landowners and federal, state and local government who have worked to implement the Forestry Reclamation Approach when planting trees throughout Appalachia.

For more Information

Visit the ARRI website

Contact Information:
Three Parkway Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Email: mbower@osmre.gov

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