Appalachia was once home to a rich bee population. However, 1980 brought a devastating wipe out of much of the regions bees due to an infestation of mites. Today many locations along the Appalachian Mountain range try to reintroduce mite resistant bees. One effort is by Coal Country Beesworks of Virginia and Kentucky who has put into practice what they call apiforestation. Apiforestation reclaim land used for coal mining by planting honey trees. To read more, click here.
In the picture below you can see Wayne Suddreth, my dad, and I checking out 2 of our bee stands. There has been a lot of rain this year and insects in general have been more prevalent. Bee sure to check out my Creativity section for cool ideas regarding bee keeping.