Mining Scars Receive Earth Day Makeover

April 24, 2017 Shamokin News-Item
PEC in the News

BEAR GAP — Several acres of damaged former mine sites in the Roaring Creek Tract of the Weiser State Forest received an Earth Day restoration Saturday with volunteers planting more than 3,500 seedlings that will improve water quality in the Shamokin Creek.

A recruitment partnership between Weiser State Forest, Shamokin Creek Restoration Alliance (SCRA) and the Northumberland County Conservation District (NCCD) brought out more than 100 volunteers from Jennifer Beddinger’s Mount Carmel Area High School biology class, Aqua Pennsylvania employees from the Roaring Creek Division, the Bucknell University football team, Susquehanna University students and other community members.

This is the second year the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry and Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) carried out the project to reclaim former mining sites in the forest.

Patrick Starr, executive vice president of PEC, said machines had been brought in ahead of time to tear up the poor-quality soil from mine disturbances to make it possible for seedlings to grow…

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