Acid Mine Land Reclamation

Jeff Skousen Jeff Skousen

WVU Extension Specialist –
Land Reclamation

When it comes to knowing the “dirt” on all things soil, Jeff Skousen has the answers.

Skousen, a professor of soil science, also serves as West Virginia University’s reclamation specialist. With more than 30 years of experience in coal mining and soil reclamation, Skousen brings hands-on experience to his classes and programs.

He teaches courses in soil science, environmental science, and reclamation of disturbed soils. His research areas include reclamation of disturbed lands and improvement of water quality.

He helps consumers with issues like

  • revegetation,
  • acid soils, liming and fertilization,
  • reforestation,
  • tree identification,
  • plant ecology,
  • surface drainage,
  • soil erosion and landslides,
  • water treatment (industrial and domestic), and
  • septic tanks and drain fields.

Skousen earned his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Brigham Young University.

He has published more than 150 articles in journals, proceedings, books and Extension publications. He also directs the annual West Virginia Mine Drainage Task Force Symposium and consults with state and federal agency personnel, landowners, coal operators and consultants.

In addition to his work in West Virginia and around the country, Skousen travels overseas to work on land reclamation issues in Asia and Europe.

To contact Jeff Skousen, e-mail, or call 304-293-6256.