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Are you thinking about planting a field to trees? Many folks want to plant hardwoods such as oak, walnut, and black cherry. They believe these will grow into valuable hardwoods; they are partly correct. The problem is getting them to grow. For over ten years, I have been planting trees on my Clearfield County Tree Farm to reforest a hilltop strip mined and reclaimed in the 1980s. I have also worked on a DCNR program to plant trees on strip mine sites in Clarion and Jefferson counties. These experiences have taught me that planting a tree is easy; getting it to survive is a challenge. There are many factors that will frustrate your attempts to grow trees on a strip mine site (as well as in fi

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