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Feds fund food production on old Md. mine land

FROSTBURG — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is awarding $300,000 to help grow trees in an old coal mine near Frostburg.

The agency said Thursday that the grant will be implemented by the environmental group American Rivers.

American Rivers is EPA’s partner in a program to preserve and protect the environment in the Potomac Highlands region.

Locally adapted native tree species such as red spruce will be grown by Frostburg State University students in greenhouses on a reclaimed strip mine. The trees will be available for reforestation projects across the region.

It is among six projects in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia that the EPA is funding at a total cost of nearly $1.4 million.