AOAA Property Conservation
The majority of the property the AOAA now leases/owns was mined in the 1950s and was not reclaimed until recently. While the land sat vacant for decades, it was used by many as a dumping ground. Since securing lease/ownership rights to the property, we have partnered with a variety of organizations to make the property safe and clean.
Boyers Knob Mine Reclamation
At one time, the areas of the trails saw many mining safety and environmental hazards. The Boyers Knob Reclamation project, directed by the Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation (BAMR), back-filled open crop-falls and diverted acid mine drainage (AMD) water. The reclaimed areas were regraded and replanted.
Partners: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection - Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Northumberland County Commissioners, Northumberland County Planning Department
Before AOAA was created, the 6,500 acres of Northumberland County land was abused as an illegal solid waste disposal dumping ground. AOAA has installed gates to deter illegal dumping. Numerous cleanups have been conducted making vast improvements in the property.
Partners: Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (KPB), Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Shingara Enterprises, SEDA- COG Rail Authority, Volunteers
The American Chestnut Foundation
The American Chestnut once towered over the forests of AOAA. The blight all but wiped out the mighty tree. But due to a dedicated effort the American Chestnut might make a comeback due to breeding programs instituted by The American Chestnut Foundation.
Partners: The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF), Pennsylvania Chapter TACF, Northumberland County Conservation District, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection- Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Northumberland County Commissioners, Northumberland County Planning Department, Volunteers.
Carbon Run Initiative
Carbon Run is an impacted stream that runs thru AOAA. Many years of AMD and sedimentation have poisoned the waters and choked out aquatic life. The Carbon Run Initiative will restore AMD treatment ponds and restore stream habitat.
Partners: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Shamokin Creek Restoration Alliance, Northumberland County Conservation District, Northumberland County Commissioners, Northumberland County Planning Department.