2017 ASMR Joint Conference

The Preliminary Program for the 2017 Joint Meeting of ARRI, Task Force, and ASMR is now available at https://wvmdtaskforce.com/

It lists the exhibitors and sponsors to date, activities, workshops, field trips, and a detailed program with titles, speakers and times.

Please click on the “Register Here” link.

Now is the time to register, select a field trip, and reserve your room at the Conference Center (304-296-1700) in Morgantown.

If questions, please contact Jeff Skousen at jskousen@wvu.edu

Conference Anaconda Uplands Field Tour in May 2017

May 7 to 11

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Dear Fellow Reclamationists: Below is a link to information on the Mine Design and Closure Conference website including a  short course by David Polster and a Conference Anaconda Uplands Field Tour in May 2017.  I attended Mr. Polster’s short course last year at the American Society of Mining and Reclamation Conference in Spokane and found it to be helpful in shifting my standard US reclamation grass-dominated forested environment reclamation paradigm.  I recommend anyone trying to reclaim forested areas of the northwestern US and Canada attend the short course.  In Montana, the Troy, Rock Creek, and Montanore mines could apply these techniques.  The mine area at Troy could be our first demonstration site using these techniques.  The Idaho Silver Valley Superfund site and the Anaconda, MT Uplands area could also use these techniques. 

Mr. Polster has also done some great riparian and steep slope stabilization work.  He has some good credentials: Past-President of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association, Board member of the Society for Ecological Restoration, etc.  Checkout his website at: http://polsterenvironmental.com/.

Request for Help: Boy Scout Jamboree Volunteers for Mining in Society Merit Badge

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As you may know, SME partnered with Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and successfully launched the Mining in Society Merit Badge in 2014. We need help continuing to educate Scouts and creating interest in the mining sector and related industries. In July 2017 the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia is hosting 50,000+ Scouts, Venturers and leaders from around the nation and SME has the honor to participate with a Mining in Society merit badge booth. The Jamboree happens every four years, so it is a huge event. We need help in two areas: Volunteers and financial donations.

13th International Mine Water Association Congress – “Mine Water & Circular Economy – A Green Congress”

June 25 to 30, 2017, Lappeenranta, Finland

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Mining and reliable mine water management are of outstanding importance for the Finnish and worldwide mining industry. Unknown to many outside Scandinavia, Finland is one of the most prominent European mining countries with commodities ranging from gold and silver to base metals and platinum group elements. Its political stability has made Finland a prominent country for exploration, with 40 to 50 projects currently under investigation. Its pristine landscape, especially in the arctic north of the country, requires a high environmental responsibility by the mine operators and the regulators, as Finnish people expect that their watercourses and forests are protected at all costs. IMWA’s 13th Congress will also focus on the experience that mining companies and researchers as well as consulters have gained in this highly vulnerable northern environment. But, as you are expecting, IMWA 2017 will cover all ranges of mine water topics that you think are relevant.

What is ASMR?

The American Society of Mining and Reclamation (ASMR) was founded in 1973 as a small West Virginia advisory council concerned with reclamation of lands that had been disturbed by coal extraction. ASMR has evolved into a professional society of international prominence, including members from 20 countries. Initially ASMR focused on lands disturbed by coal mining. ASMR's professional interests now include all aspects of land reclamation and the protection and enhancement of soil and water resources regardless of the source of the disturbance.

Mission Statement

ASMR's mission is to represent and serve a diverse national and international community of scientists, practitioners, private industry, technicians, educators, planners, and government regulators involved in mineral extraction and the reclamation of disturbed lands. ASMR promotes the advancement of basic and applied reclamation science through research and technology transfer in the Society's annual meetings, workshops, published proceedings, newsletters, Reclamation Matters magazine, and the ASMR web site.

ASMR is a 501 (C)(3) organization. Requests for financial information should be directed to the Executive Secretary, Dr. Robert Darmody.