Where I'm from, which is West Virginia, mining ruins more land than anything anywhere and it's forever. Oh, some places it is somewhat restored and in fact trees will eventually grow back and just as thick as they ever were. The problem is, natural restoration takes longer than people are willing to wait. In the long term, we are all dead.
Shoot low, sheriff. They're riding Shetlands!
Underneath the starry flag, civilize 'em with a Krag,
and return us to our own beloved homes!
Buy War Bonds.