Mine reclamation groups are replanting local flora and fauna and replacing top soil in areas that have been ruined from years of coal mining.
Breathe easy: restoring coal country
For decades, coal mining has left mountaintops in Appalachia bare. Strip mining and mountain top removal damages the environment and have led to serious health risks. However, mine reclamation groups are trying to restore Appalachia to its former beauty and improve water and air quality.