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/.