Here’s the press release from Warren Wilson College:
Patrick Angel, Ph.D., will give a presentation titled, “Hope for Appalachia: Returning Surface Mines to Healthy, Productive Forests,” Feb. 26 at Warren Wilson College.
Angel’s talk, free and open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m. in Jensen Lecture Hall. For more information call 771-3072.
Angel is senior forester and soil scientist in the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement for the U.S. Department of the Interior. He is working with the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI) using American chestnut and other tree species to restore mined lands that will create young forest habitats capable of supporting increased biodiversity.
Warren Wilson College students have a heightened interest in the Feb. 26 presentation. David Ellum, Ph.D., Warren Wilson sustainable forestry professor, is taking a group of his students to eastern Kentucky on April 5 to plant chestnuts as part of one of The American Chestnut Foundation’s reforestation projects on reclaimed mines.