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Title: Reclamation Research in North Dakota
Author: Wollenhaupt, N. C.; Schroeder, S. A.; Halvorson, G. A.; Doll, E. C.
Description: Lignite deposits underlie roughly 18 million acres of western North Dakota. 16 million of that is recoverable reserves which cover an estimated one million acres. Given US demand for energy, it was predicted that strip mining in the state would continue. North Dakota residents strongly wanted reclamation of these lands after strip mining. In the late 1960's, the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station and the USDA/ARS Northern Great Plains Research Center began reclamation research. As public interest increased and a broader approach was needed. So in July of 1981, the Land Research Center was established. The LRRC is an action oriented program that was designed to provide guidelines for the optimum use of available soil and overburden materials so that North Dakota lands can eb permanently restored for their highest possible use, reclamation costs can be kept as a minimum consistent with it's highest possible reclamation and the public's mandate for the restoration of disturbed lands is met. Various examples of the efforts of the reclamation are cited. The article ends with a projected future of reclamation research for the state.
Date: 1983
Subject: Land restoration
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/5578

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