Coal mining has caused large-scale disturbance on over 1.5 million acres in Appalachia. Invasive, non-native autumn olive was historically planted on former coalfields and now impedes reclamation efforts. Read about studies conducted by Virginia Tech on managing autumn olive and restoring native hardwoods.Read More
By: Oliphant, A.J., Wynne, R.H., Zipper, C.E. et al. Biol Invasions (2017) 19: 179. doi:10.1007/s10530-016-1271-62017.
The invasive shrub autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata) occurs on former surface coal mines in the Appalachian Mountains interfering with ecosystem recovery by outcompeting native trees. Results showed that autumn olive could be mapped using Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager imagery. READ THE FULL ABSTRACT.