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WO WFW Soil 'glyph'; stick figure deptiction of people, trees, deer with mountain background in green and yellow with tree roots going down into brown soil layer.

Soil Photographs

Hope Mine Project - Aspen Ranger District/White River National Forest
Continued photographs showing the restoration of barren wase rock piles.

Photos show the restoration of barren waste rock piles at the Hope Mine project, Aspen Ranger District, White River National Forest. The rock piles are perched above Castle Creek, one of Aspen's main municipal water sources. The project was conducted as a partnership using Biochar Solutions, Inc. Different rates of compost and bio-char were applied with a conveyer to create 'topsoil' on the slopes. The before and after shots, and the time lapsed photos from the 2011 growing season, demonstrate the efficacy of the soil amendment. The role of compost in this amendment (up to 95% by volume) was critical, as it served to reduce material costs, facilitate material handling, and provide a source of nitrogen and beneficial microorganisms.

Photograph: Hope Mine Project.  Plant Cam. June 30, 2011 at 08:47 am June 30, 2011
Slope vegitation at 30% cover.

Photograph: Hope Mine Project.  Plant Cam. July 5, 2011 at 08:50 am July 5, 2011
Slope vegitation at 45% cover.

Photograph: Hope Mine project; Plant Cam; July 20, 2011 at 08:48 am July 20, 2011
Slope vegitation at 90% cover.

Photograph: Hope Mine Project.  Plant Cam. August 1, 2011 at 09:00 am August 1, 2011
Slope vegitation at 100% cover.

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