Environment: Greening the Strip Mines

Adman William G. ("Turk") Jones decided he had had enough of the frenzied pace of Madison Avenue: "Learning to shave on airplanes," as he puts it. So he quit his job in Manhattan, sold his house in the suburbs and in 1946 moved his family to a farm in central Pennsylvania. Then he began to do what he had always wanted—plant trees. Jones had a green thumb, his seedlings thrived, and word of his tree farm began to spread. Consequently, after Pennsylvania passed a law in 1948 requiring strip miners to refill and replant the land they had ravaged for...

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