Samir Doshi is a systems ecologist attempting to strengthen the connection between community and place. Samir is a board director at Ocean Arks International and works as an ecologist on issues involving degraded landscape restoration. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Vermont’s Gund Institute for Ecological Economics.

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The soil is the great connector of our lives, the source and destination of all. —Wendell Berry, Unsettling of America Coal Mining in Appalachia Coal mining has been practiced in Appalachia since the Revolutionary War. An upsurge in extraction began with the twentieth century.1 By its end, increased mechanization produced enough coal to …

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