Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture

Education

  • M.S. Forestry, Stephen F. Austin State University, in progress
  • B.S. Forestry, University of Kentucky

Contact Information

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Graduate Committee

Drs. Hans Williams and Jeremy Stovall

Thesis

Evaluating the Suitability of a Reforestation Growth Medium Prepared by Tractor Pulled Scraper Pans at an East Texas Lignite Surface Mine

Luminant has planted over 38.7 million trees on its reclaimed lignite surface mine operations in East Texas since 1974. The Luminant Oak Hill Mine has shifted its reclamation method of operation with the use of tractor pulled scraper pans for the transport and placement of the oxidized growth medium used in reforestation. However, there is a lack of information regarding the effects of scraper pans on mine soil compaction and tree establishment. This study is assessing the impacts of the scraper pan reclamation methodology and different tillage techniques in terms of mine soil properties and vegetative response.

Publications and Presentations

Research Poster - Presented at the 2016 National Meeting for the American Society of Mining and Reclamation (ASMR) and the 10th Annual Appalachian Regional Reforestation Conference.