Patrick Angel works at the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), in London, Kentucky. Dr. Angel is currently serving as senior forester and soil scientist for OSM, where he is promoting reforestation partnerships on surface mines through the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative.

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In the Appalachian mountain region, the loss of the American chestnut, along with the visible scars of coal-related surface mining, have had a doubly devastating effect. However, it is in viewing these two ecological disasters together that the possibility of a solution emerges. King of the Forest The forests of eastern North America were once …

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