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4C--Aug. 13, 1972 *Sunday w,vv «^ -^ c.^ «s^ i»s? By Skip Johnson "Watch traffic making final turn for runway 32," the Kanawha Airport control tower advised as pilot Dave Herbert lifted the blue, white and gold Bell Jet Ranger helicopter into the air Friday morning. Herbert, pilot for the Department of Natural Resources, was taking land reclamation chief Ben Greene and his assistant, Pete Pitsenbarger, on one of their frequent tours of strip mining in the state. They can cover in a half day by helicopter more strip mining sites than they could visit in a week on the ground-and they get a better perspective from the air. Seven minutes from liftoff we were looking at strip mining on Witcher's Creek, where Valley Camp Coal Co. has approximately 1.100 acres under permit. Near Smithers, a 2.010- acre site--the stale's largest--came into view. Five different seams of coal are being mined, and in the process entire knolls are being removed. We flew over a recently-reclaimed strip bench near Swiss on the Gauley River. "It looks pretty good until you come to that box cut." motioned Greene. "They just put too damn much stuff over the hill there." Part of State Really Is Wild, Wonderful The lush pastureland around Summersville rolled beneath us, and then we were over the Summersville Reservoir. Pilot Herbert talked by radio to Chuck Dodrill of the Rader Flying Service at "Summersville International Airport." In the course of the day we also saw "Richwood International," "Webster Springs International" and "Sutton International," as Herbert, a native of Persinger, affectionately called them. From the Richwood vicinity we headed south over Big Laurel Creek where Mynu Coal Co. is working. A feature of the reclamation work here, and at several other places we saw, is that the vertical highwall is being eliminated by backfilling. This is possible in areas where the hills are not too steep. In many parts of West Virginia it is, of course, impossible. We flew over Richwood and up the South Fork of Cherry River, over vast woodlands owned by Georgia-Pacific Lumber Co., and set down on a stripping bench within the proclamation boundary of the Monongahela National Forest. Standing waist-deep in fescue grass in its second growing season on the rec'aimed bench, Greene discussed one of the most controversial elements of strip mining--the maximum slope degree where mining is permissible. The present 33- depree ceiling is too steep, in Greene's opinion. Airborne acain, we flew north over the Cranberry River and the Cranberry Back Country. Here, West Virginia is truly wild and wonderful. Sharp's Knob in Pocahontas County loomed ahead in the haze. Sharp's Knob has been savagely attacked by strip miners --it has been completely circled three or four times--but reclamation work appeared to have been reasonably successful. COMFY Campers Taking Luxury With Them to Outdoors By B. Drummond Ayen Jr. © N. Y. Times Service FOREST CITY, Iowa -- The drag, great American outdoors is over- iphasis on the environment at leisure time off from the dail lowing these days and nights with vacationing campers, most cans now head for the gre Staff Photo PILOT DAVE HERBERT AFTER LAND ING ON RECLAIMED STRIP BENCH This Site Is 18 Miles From R ichwood Near National Forest Strip Mining Everywhere in Harrison We toured the Back Fork of Elk River near Webster Springs, flew from the head of Sugar Creek southwest to Webster Springs and headed north to Clarksburg for lunch and refueling. If you want to see strip mining and you don't have a lot of time, Harrison County is the place to go. It's everywhere in this birthplace of strip mining in West Virginia. As Greene said, there is old, new, good, bad and indifferent strip mining all around you. Shortly after takeoff from Benedum Airport, we viewed the ultimate in reclamation -- the restoration of the earth to original contour. "You have more erosion this way than where you have a bench," said Greene, "but you don't have the highwall, and that means a lot to a lot of people." Pilot Herbert guided an easterly course toward Davis. We flew over the tiny Tucker County town of St. George and the gorgeous bottomland that surrounds it. Both are threatened by the Rowlesburg Dam proposed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Near Davis, we landed at an experimental limestone treatment plant on Beaver Creek. Installed by Douglas Coal Co. at a reported cost of $80,000, it has been in operation only three weeks and its effectiveness isn't yet known. The hope is that the lime will neutralize the acid seeping into Beaver Creek from strip and deep mines--acid that has rendered the famous Blackwater River fishless. We soared away from Davis and through Canaan Valley-a truly breathtaking spectacle from the vantagepoint of a helicopter. Beneath us. a deer, frightened by the noise of the chopper, splashed through a beaver pond and into the brush. Then we headed west into the sun toward home. Reclamation o/ Today a Vast Improvement Only by air can the extent of strip mining in West Virginia be fully realized. By the same token, only by air can the improvements in reclamation techniques in recent years be appreciated. Whether this improvement would satisfy an abolitionist is doubtful, because in most cases the vertical highwalls are still there, and in some cases the spoilbanks are still unsightly. The major improvements have come in the areas of reseeding, regrading and water drainage. In fact, the reclamation of today in West Virginia bears little resemblance to the reclamation of a few years ago, when reclamation was considered pushing a little shale around and planting pine trees in it. The chief problem remains what it always was--the steep terrain of West Virginia that in most cases does not lend itself to model reclamation. Let it be said that strip mining doesn't have a corner on the market when it comes to blighting the West Virginia hills or depositing sediment in the streams. Some of the world's finest examples of gob piles from deep mines exist in West Virginia, and timber haul roads have gutted numerous hillsides. Among the major contributors of sediment are the Army Corps of Engineers reservoirs. Last week the Sutton Reservoir was impeccably clear on the surface but the bottom outlets at the dam were releasing yellow, silt-laden water into Elk River downstream. The river was muddy throughout its 100-mile length from Sutton io Charleston. Last year this same condition existed and it was blamed in part on strip mining on the Back Fork of Elk. I doubt that the same excuse can be dragged out again this year. Florida Asks How Much Weed Does Chinese Weed Carp Eat TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP)Conservation officials want to experiment with an Oriental fish they hope will clear weed-clogged waterways and give spectacular angling -- provided it doesn't out eat its welcome. The Florida Department of Natural Resources has asked the State Cabinet for $103,000 to test the feasibility of introducing Chinese grass carp into Florida's waters. Randolph Hodges, executive director of the Natural Resources Department, says he hopes the grass carp might be the answer to getting rid of water hyacinths. These weeds have turned some Florida lakes and watc ous men) carp is a fish. Natural resources officials still remember with embarrassment the introduction of the "Tilapia" into the state's waters in the mid-1960s. WE THOUGHT we were getting a fish that would eat unwanted vegetation and provide excellent sport, but it turned out we got the wrong species of Tilapia," one state biologist said recently. "The one we got turned out to have a stomach like a bottomless pit. It would eat all the noxious weeds, then chew up all the needed vegetation as well." Hodges says Chinese grass carp will be introduced in five isolated, tightly guarded ponds where their weed-eating and reproductive abilities will be studied. He says the fish has been used in an aquatic-weed control program in Arkansas since 1969 without any apparent adverse effects. of them smoothing it rather than roughing it. The camper of the 197u's is not trying to get away from it all--he's trying to take it all with him. "I came here to relax, not to be uncomfortable," says Venum Henim. a St. Paul, Minn., printing plant manager, climbing into his air-conditioned, oak-paneled motor home and heading for the next campground, complete with electrical plug-ins, sewer and water hoop-ups, swimming pool, snack bar and security guard. With all due respect to Daniel Boone, the Campfire Girls and ·he National Geographic, the Herum way to the wilderness has become the accepted approach, ROUGHLY · * 40-million Amer outdoors every year, a four-fo increase in a decade, and least four of five of them hea there -- and sleep there -wheels, finding down-home com fort in everything from dom shaped trailers to rented picku trucks and motorized palaces lik Herum's. There are n o w 4-millior camping vehicles on the road twice the count in 1965 when the pup tent still was very much in evidence whereve campers trod. This switch to rolling affluenc was never more evident tha when 751 owners of the popular Winnebago line of camping ve nicies-- Winnebago stock was th biggest gainer on the New Yor primarily because of the steadily f x rising United States standard of JlS iving and because of new em Top Bowlers Are Named By Journal CHICAGO (AP) - Don Johnson of Akron and Patty Costello Exchange last year -- motorec fo their annual camp-in next to th Winnebago plant. Hauling out lawn chairs, gulp the cool, clear midwestern with audible relish, thes D.C., were of the AU- of Washington, named captains American bowling teams Satur- lay as selected by the National Bowlers Journal. The men's team also lists Jarry Asher, Costa Mesa, Caf.; Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash.; Bill Beach, Sharon, 'a.; Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis and Larry Laub, San 'rancisco. Others on the women's team re Dotty Fothergill, North At- eboro, Mass.; Vesma Grin- elds, San Francisco; Lorrie och, Carpentersville, 111.; Mile Martorella, Rochester, N.Y., nd Betty Morris, lone, Calif. Johnson, winning six major ro titles from July 1, 1971, trough June 30, 1972, landed n All-American berth for the urth straight season. Miss ostello captured three titles, eluding the National Cham- onships. The only holdovers from last ear's teams are Johnson, Burn, Miss Costello artorella. and Mrs. French Food Critics Warn Against Munich Restaurants ing air modern-day seekers of the en vironmental experience rallied around pre-laid campfires, san the good old songs, reflected o escape from the rat race, the bantered toward the dawn abou the surrounding $15,000 "camp ing" rigs equipped with wall ovens, furnaces, showers, eight track stereo tape decks and, o course, the kitchen sink. * * * SOMEWHERE out there in th forest primeval, sweating, pack burdened souls still hump hi] and dale in quest of somethin^ other than the ultimate motorize! camping experience, namely, the virginal, ever-elusive, rock-free well-drained tent site. But these days such folks come mostly from the nonaffluen ranks of the young or from that segment of the American mass where the flame of adventure yel burns. Here and there in the nation's 15,000 public and private campgrounds and parks, these fanatics can sometimes be observed, adjusting guy ropes, unrolling ground sheets and sleeping bags (alas, made from the latest synthetic fibres), looking generally disgusted for having had to pay out $3 or so, like everybody else, for the privilege of communal outdoor living, complete with kiddie swings. But the statistical fact remains--four of five campers go by wheel, not by foot, and there are now 4 million camping vehicles on the road, twice that of 1965. About 65 per cent of these vehicles are trailers, most of into streams into thick carpets ;reenery, to the distress of ers and fishermen. 'he grass carp readily lakes ificial lures and worms 1 could become the frcsh- ter equivalent of the fam- saltwatcr tarpon, depart- nl officials say. The Chinese p grows to 100 pounds and tough, high-jumping game * it the state has adopted a -bitten, twice-shy attitude will require the grass carp ass careful scrutiny before g granted carte blanche to /se Florida waterways. Sefore they are ever released state waterways, we are ; to be sure of a whole lot tongs," Hodges says. "For nee, at what point do they eating weeds? We can't af- to turn loose anything that destroy all the vegetation." By JOHN VINOCUR ' PARIS (AP) - France's two most acerbic food critics are warning travelers to the Olympics that Munich's so-called iine restaurants are the abso- ute worst: a combination of pretentious food and "insufferable teutonic solemnity." To the French palate, German cooking is a bronze medal at best and the easiest way to get through Olympics eating, according to Henri Gault and Christian Millau, is to stick to honest oompah factories that churn out sauerkraut, sausage, pork roast and beer. Gault and Millau are the heretics of French gastronomy. Their monthly food and travel magazine, Le Nouveau Guide, has become a tremendous success through its frankness. Among its favorite targets is the Guide Michelin. the french restaurant rating bible which Gault and Millau consider fud- dy-duddy and inconsistent. Michelin's German e d i t i o n gives seven restaurants in Munich one star on a possible three- star scale. After trying oul some, the ones with the best reputations, Gault and Millau wrote they are "wrapped up in insufferable teutonic solemnity, swollen with gastronomic pre- tentions and turning out intolerable boredom at high prices." Very Disappointing They took particular aim at the Walterspiel Restaurant. "The most famous and, we are :old, the best restaurant in the city, if not in all of Germany," they wrote. "The truth was that we had a very disappointing and expensive meal, served with great bowing and scraping n a sort of pleasant setting of mirrors and chandeliers." Gault and Millau were more gentle with Humplmayr, another Munich restaurant with an nternational reputation. But ;hey said the Balkan, Chinese, Italian and Indonesian restaurants in the city were "totally without interest." What they found seductive was the local Bavarian cooking. Gault and Millau liked the Nurnberger Bratwurstglockl, a bistro near the cathedral, for its Surhaxl Mit Kraut (Pork loin with sauerkraut) and "the best wiesswurst that you can find." And they said there was more outstanding pork loin at H a x n b a u e r - G a s t s t t e n which also has "exquisite" cinammon (apple turnovers. i They also recommended that the Olympic visitor get out of town a bit to Aying-Bei-Munich a n d the Brauerei-Gasthof. || "With all its weaknesses and heaviness it is the most agr-l eable restaurant in the area around Munich, the one where the cooking is the most original! and carefully done. them pulled by the family ear. The trailers come in all shapes and sizes, chock fullof compact stoves, refrigerators and plastic dishes, some with collapsible fiberglass roofs and folding nylon sides. Usually, the trailers sell for about $2,800 and rent for $125 or so a week, although the collapsible models seldom go for more than $1,000 and rent for perhaps $50 a week. Pickup trucks, prettied up with chrome and tinted glass and no longer confined to the farm, increasingly are being used to carry ox-shaped camping units, some with bed com* partments that overhang the cab. Such units now house about 30 per cent of all motorized outdoor lovers. The average unit sells for about $2,000 and rent for around $150 a week. The remaining 5 per cent of the nation's camping vehicles are motor homes, the offspring of the noted American love affair between the steel-belted radial tire and the wall-to-wall carpet. The average motor home costs about $10,000 and rent for around $250 a week. They are currently the fastest- growing segment of the volatile, WO-company camping vehicle ndustry, appealing particularly to moderately affluent retired persons. Of the 751 camping vehicles hat showed up here for tha manufacturer's rally, most were motor homes. Inside, sandwiched between the chemical toilet and color TV's, were 2,493 people from 40 states, Canada md Mexico, all living bumper o bumper and anodized alumi- uun wall panel to anodized aluminum wall panel, and appar- ntly the happier for it. SUMMING UP this happiness, tfrs. John Stack, a school teach- r from Primghar, Iowa, said: "People who stay in things like trailers and pickups and motor homes aren't really amping. They're just out to get ome fresh air and to socialize, hat's where the appeal is these ays, not in tramping around ic woods." Besides clean air and good latter, modern camping also as other appeals. A disarming friendliness and an easy-going openess that har- ens back to an earlier, less enetic America pervades to- ay's campsites. Finally camping today is one the cheapest ways to see merica, although fuel cost, d«- reciation and rental fees for bigger camping vehicles can tevastate a budget as effective- as $30 motel rooms and $15 estaurant meals. 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