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Mining and reclamation of a central Florida forested wetland: a case study.
Tuscaloosa, AL: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9199, 1988 Jan; :1-24
The Bureau of Mines initiated a program to address short- and long- term objectives of wetlands restoration as an option for reclamation of lands mined for phosphate. The short-term objectives were to identify a suitable wetland test site, initiate an extensive premining monitoring plan, develop an acceptable mining plan, and recontour and revegetate the test site. These goals were accomplished using a unique combination of expertise provided by federal and state agencies and private industry. A 6.5-Ha forested wetland with an associated streambed was offered by private industry as the test site. A premining monitoring program was established and carried out from May 1982 to October 1983. A control site was established to determine ecological changes unrelated to mining. Clearing and mining began in October 1983 and were completed in April 1984. Grading and streambed restoration were completed in February 1986. Revegetation of the site was completed in February 1987. The program to meet the long-term objective of postmining monitoring is described.
Forestry; Ecology; Revegetation; Soil-surveys; Lithology; Wildlife; Land-reclamation; Mining-engineering
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Tuscaloosa, AL: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9199
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