Coal Mining Has Destroyed 1.5 Million Acres of Appalachian Forest

All the trees cut and land lost due to surface mining in Central Appalachia. Courtesy of SkyTruth

From 1976 to 2015, strip mining and mountaintop removal contributed to wiping out about 1.5 million acres of forests across 74 counties in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. For reference, that’s three times the size of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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