Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: West Virginia
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

West Virginia Project

Impacts of Mountaintop Mining on Terrestrial Ecosystem Integrity

February 2012 - March 2014


Participating Agencies

  • Environmental Protection Agency

We identified thresholds in forest loss within the mountaintop mining region at which different avian species increased or declined.

Research Publications Publication Date
Becker, D.A., P.B. Wood, M.P. Strager, C. Mazzarella. 2015. Impacts of mountaintop mining on terrestrial ecosystem integrity: identifying landscape thresholds for avian species in the central Appalachians, United States. Landscape Ecology 30:339-356. January 2015