Research Proven

Research Proven

20 year-old research plots show how the Forestry Reclamation Approach allows native forests to be re-established after reclamation.

1995

1995

Pre-mining

2004

2004

Red=Unripped; Green=Ripped & Reforested

2007

2007

Red=Unripped; Green=Ripped & Reforested

2008

2008

Red=Unripped; Green=Ripped & Reforested

2009

2009

Red=Unripped; Green=Ripped & Reforested

2013

2013

Red=Unripped; Green=Ripped & Reforested

2016

2016

The unripped area remains as a grassland while the ripped and planted areas become a forest.

2017

2017

In just 14 years following reforestation, this site is already starting to look like a forest again.

2017

2017

The canopy has closed.

2017

2017

The closed canopy shades the understory, allowing native vegetation to replace the non-natives.

2017

2017

More evidence of the shaded understory.

2017

2017

Evidence of the ripping is hardly noticeable except for the line of trees within the rips. The forest will take on a less structured look over time.