ASMR Members and Potential 2020 Meeting Attendees:

On Tuesday afternoon the National Executive Committee (NEC) of ASMR voted to cancel the Duluth 2020 annual meeting because of the ongoing and growing concerns related to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The widespread business, travel, and academic disruptions, we feel, present insurmountable challenges to the success of this year’s technical meeting. Any meeting registration or other payments made will be refunded, showing in your financial institution within 7-14 business days. Also, please don’t forget to cancel your hotel reservations.

The NEC recognized that the local planning committee pulled together an impressive conference program, and the NEC expressed their gratitude for the committee’s hard work and contributions. They also voted to begin the process of planning to host the 2022 ASMR meeting in Duluth, following next year’s meeting in Boise, Idaho. We hope to leverage all the hard work that has been put into the Duluth meeting thus far to plan that 2022 meeting.

This was not an easy decision and it was made with the recognition that there will be much disappointment to those planning to present at Duluth. You may feel free to pull your abstract for submittal at other conferences, including ASMR in Boise in 2021, or Duluth in 2022. As an alternative, if you had a presentation in the works for ASMR 2020, please consider submitting it for publication in the Journal of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation (JASMR). Please contact the editor, Richard Barnhisel, at

The annual student scholarships and the Professional Awards will be awarded again in June, as is traditional, but without the traditional in-person fanfare.

If you wish to have your abstract posted on ASMR.US, please let me know.

Again, we are deeply sorry about the situation, but hope to see you healthy and prosperous in Boise in 2021.

Thank You 2020 Sponsors