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WV Volunteers to Plant Red Spruces in Old Coal Mine Site

Volunteers will celebrate Arbor Day by helping to reforest an old coal mine site high atop Cheat Mountain in the Monongahela National Forest.

The federal Office of Surface Mining, the National Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation are organizing Saturday's event. Forester Scott Eggerud says he's hoping at least 100 people will help plant the native red spruce trees.

He told West Virginia Public Broadcasting a lumber company that had replanted the site used non-native trees, when what really belongs there is red spruce.

Volunteers will gather 9 a.m. Saturday about a mile south of the intersection of Route 250 and Forest Service Rd. 227.

Eggerud says if this year's project is successful, more red spruce tree plantings will be scheduled.

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