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House Committee approves the RECLAIM Act with bipartisan support

The view from the U.S. Forest Service’s Birch Knob Observation Tower shows reclaimed surface mine land. Photo by Bill Harris, billharrisphotography@comcast.net

On Tuesday morning, the House Natural Resources Committee passed the RECLAIM Act, a bipartisan bill aimed at revitalizing coal mining communities. The legislation would direct $1 billion over five years to restoring abandoned mine lands. Committee members also approved an

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New Growth on Former Coal Mines

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Independent farmers and entrepreneurial groups are looking to abandoned mine land sites and seeing potential for agricultural projects, both large and small.

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Hidden Treasures: Fishing and Swimming Spots

Boy snorkeling in Conasauga River

Scattered throughout the lush Appalachian Mountains are beautiful pools of water that perfect for fishing or swimming or both! Read our latest “Hidden Treasures” feature to learn about a few of them.

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Kentucky Coal Mine Has Brighter Future as Solar Farm

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A Kentucky coal company is partnering with an international renewables company to construct a solar farm on a coal mine site near Pikeville, Ky.

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Fishin’ n’ Pickin’

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Renowned musician Larry Keel has found a way to combine his love of bluegrass music and freshwater bass and trout fishing.

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Bill Could Boost Funding to Reclaim Abandoned Mines

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If passed, the RECLAIM Act could provide much needed funding to clean up abandoned mine lands and prepare these sites for economically beneficial uses.

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Canaan Valley Institute Rebuilds Destroyed Waterways

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Restoring streams damaged by coal mining is hard work, but in West Virginia, the nonprofit Canaan Valley Institute is making progress rebuilding watersheds.

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Shrinking Carbon Footprints

Two female students holding signs that say "Keep our school green"

Carbon offset programs provide a way for those concerned about their environmental impact to support projects that capture carbon in the atmosphere. These projects can also provide benefits to local communities.

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Restoring Land for Native Plants, Bees and Streams

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A new nonprofit organization, born out of the bankruptcies of Alpha Natural Resources and Patriot Coal, is hoping to bring native forests back to these lands, and restore streams that can support native aquatic life and insects.

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