EMMISSIONS: Red spruce sprout atop coal mines that helped kill them

CHEAT MOUNTAIN, W.Va. — When it comes to ripping up a landscape, there’s no machine like the Caterpillar D9. With 900 horsepower, a front bulldozing blade and a sharp rear hook, it can tear through 3 or 4 feet of hard soil in the blink of an eye.

It was perfect for site Mower 19.

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Barton Bench was the first mine site on Cheat Mountain to be replanted with red spruce. Photo credit: Chelsea Harvey/E&E News