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Luminant Tree Plantings at Mining Sites Top 30m

Luminant is planting more than 1,426,300 seedlings at mining sites, the power company has announced.

The latest plantings, including pines, oaks, dogwoods and mulberries, will take Luminant’s tree plantings to over 30 million in just under 40 years. The company has reclaimed nearly 68,000 acres in that time.

Crews are currently reforesting lignite mine sites across central and east Texas, to help return land to productive uses, Luminant says. Plantings include southern yellow pine for commercial timber production, as well as a variety of trees and shrubs native to each mine location.

”We carefully select the species of trees planted and it has resulted in the establishment of thousands of acres of quality wildlife habitat,” director of environmental mining Sid Stroud said.

Since mid-December the company has been using tree-planting machines capable of planting up to 10,000 seedlings a day. It will continue through March.

Coal mining companies must meet mandatory standards for reclamation of surface mines under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, which is overseen in most coal states by the state governments.

Luminant, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings Corp. (formerly TXU Corp.) has interests in mining, wholesale marketing and trading, and development operations.

It operates nine Texas mines, making it the biggest lignite coal miner in the state, with average annual production of 20 million tons. The company says it expects this to grow to about 33 million tons.

Luminant has more than 15,400 MW of generation in Texas, including 2,300 MW fueled by nuclear power and 8,000 MW fueled by coal. It is also the largest purchaser of wind-generated electricity in Texas and fifth largest in the United States.

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3 thoughts on “Luminant Tree Plantings at Mining Sites Top 30m

  1. As much as I applaud Luminant for their fine efforts to restore the environment through the planting of trees and shrubs I must lament the use of tree-planting machines as a further sign of why America’s youths have fewer prospects for gainful, and dare I say “healthy”, summer employment. There is nothing quite like spending a few months in the countryside scraping trails and planting trees to teach the value of a hard day’s work and appreciate the value of a job done right. Especially when you bring your kids to see the formerly clear-cut hillsides now teaming with wildlife under a billowing emerald canopy!

    Let’s put America’s youths back to work.

  2. We hope other mining companies do what Luminant has done. Take what we need from nature, but think smart to save the environment as we live in it.

  3. I agree with Jack & Zane, our youth need to learn to work the land & we (the people) need to take care of our environment. As an Architect LEED AP, I’m working with an inventor who has access to pure seed from rare old growth trees in the US. He has patented growing systems to grow seedlings 5 times faster than nature. Please contact me if you are interested in starting a tree plantation for either seedlings (Year 1 -4) or trees (year 5-26). We provide a turn-key tree plantation installation service to grow trees for the valuable wood veneer market (in 26 years not 100 years) on your land.
    Happy Earth Day!
    Thomas A. Hart RA LEED AP
    New Leaf Arizona, LLC
    thomas.hart.arch@cox.net

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