RECLAMATION OF PRIME FARMLAND AFTER SURFACE MINING FOR COAL AND FARMLAND PROTECTION POLICY AC
English

H. Raymond Sinclair, Jr.
2005 Journal American Society of Mining and Reclamation  
Reclamation of prime farmland (RPF) after surface mining for coal and farmland protection policy act (FPPA) have a similar function, but the approach to achieve the same purpose is different. The similarity of RPF and FPPA is to reduce the loss of prime farmland and other important farmlands. The reclamation of prime farmland after surface mining for coal allows the disturbance of prime farmland, which is only one of the four categories of important farmland. After disturbance, prime farmland
more » ... e, prime farmland is reclaimed to its original productivity. FPPA's purpose is to limit the acreage of prime farmland as well as unique farmland, and farmland of statewide and local importance from being converted from agricultural uses to non-agricultural uses. FPPA uses easements, mitigation, and federal programs to maintain the farmland base. The soil properties of important farmlands are similar for RPF and FPPA. This paper discusses the soil and programmatic relationship of RPF and FPPA. Additional
doi:10.21000/jasmr05011082 fatcat:rhntzbplobcg3cnukkd6kitt2i