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OSMRE Bond Release Interactive Forum Initiative

  1. Bond Release Interactive Forum 1999 Approaching Bond Release: Revegetation, Reclamation Issues, and Surface-Mining Applications in the Arid and Semi-Arid West, September 20-24, 1999; Flagstaff, Arizona
    1. Preliminary Pages; Plant Materials; Soil, Overburden, and Growth; Microclimate, Site Engineering, and Other Management Techniques; Bond Release Criteria/Bond Release Achievement, Workshop Presentations (6 MB);
    2. General Interest and Appendices (31 MB);
    3. PowerPoint Presentations (33 MB)
    • Further Information
      • During the period September 20 through 24, 1999, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s (OSMRE’s) Western Regional Coordinating Center, Denver, Colorado, sponsored an interactive forum that addressed bond release as it relates to revegetation issues on surface coal mine sites in the arid and semi-arid West. This forum was the second in what OSM hopes will become a series of five annual forums regarding surface-mining bond-release topics. It was held in Flagstaff, Arizona.
      • Among the revegetation topics covered at the 1999 forum were soil, overburden, microclimate, site engineering and other management techniques as these pertain to plant materials, and culturally and historically significant plants. The forum also covered bond release criteria–including characterization and measure and evaluation criteria–and spoke to other issues related to achieving bond release.
      • The proceedings constitute a partial compilation of the fruits of what proved to be this very valuable interactive forum. They consist of everything from the opening remarks of the Chairman of the Hopi Tribe on through some 50 presentations made by professionals possessing a wide range of diverse and divergent bond release, reclamation, and revegetation expertise. Among these experts were representatives of the coal-reclamation staff of six of the Western coal-primacy States, the Navajo National Historic Preservation Department, the Hopi Tribal Office, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, the Natural Resource’s Conservation Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Flagstaff Arboretum, OSM, and the coal industry and its consultants.
      • It is with great pleasure that OSMRE offers the following compilation, which—with the exception of some stylistic changes made in the interests of uniformity of presentation—we have attempted to reproduce verbatim. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all who made presentations at or otherwise attended the 1999 interactive forum. It is both our hope and our strong conviction that colloquia such as this one was stand greatly to benefit the cause of successful reclamation in the arid and semi-arid West.
  2. Bond Release Interactive Forum 2000 Surface-Mining Reclamation Approaches to Bond Release: Cumulative Hydrologic Impact Assessment Surface-Mining Applications and Hydrology Topics for the Arid and Semi-Arid West, August 27-September 1, 2000; Billings, Montana
    1. Preliminary Pages; Historical Perspective, Premine Data, Planning for Reclamation, Design Part I, II, III, Postmining Hydrologic Assessment, Workshop Presentations, Field Trips (3 MB);
    2. General Interest and Appendices (2 MB);
    3. PowerPoint Presentations (29 MB)
  3. Bond Release Interactive Forum 2001 - Preliminary Release Surface-Mining Reclamation Approaches to Bond Release: Wildlife Habitat Construction and Wildlife Use of Reclaimed Lands in the Arid and Semi-Arid West; August 27-31, 2001; Gillette, Wyoming
    1. Preliminary Pages; Summary and Closing Remarks, Agenda, Abstracts, Appendices (1 MB)
    2. PowerPoint Presentations: Part 1 (33 MB); Part 2 (48 MB); Part 3 (37 MB)

OSMRE-Sponsored Proceedings

  1. Proceedings of the 1992 National Symposium on Prime Farmland Reclamation, The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act: 15 Years of Progress, August 10-14, 1992, St. Louis, Missouri (27 MB)
  2. Proceedings of the 1998 Prime Farmland Interactive Forum, March 3-4, 1998, University of Southern Indiana at Evansville, Indiana (3 MB)
  3. Proceedings of Enhancement of Reforestation at Surface Coal Mines: Technical Interactive Forum, March 23-24, 1999; Fort Mitchell, Kentucky (10 MB)
  4. Proceedings of Mining and Reclamation Conference and Exhibition, April 23-26, 1990; Charleston, West Virginia (27 MB)
  5. International Land Reclamation and Mine Drainage Conference and Third International Conference on the Abatement of Acidic Drainage 1994
    • Further Information
      • The conference was held at Pittsburgh, PA on April 24-29, 1994. This conference served as the annual meeting for the American Society for Surface Mining and Reclamation (ASSMR), the Canadian Land Reclamation Association, and the West Virginia Surface Mine Drainage Task Force, in conjunction with the Third International Conference on the Abatement of Acidic Drainage. The Special Publication was published by the Department of Interior, Bureau of Mines. Contributions provided by: Department of the Interior (Bureau of Mines, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Bureau of Land Management, and Geological Survey), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, Tennessee Valley Authority, USDA Soil Conservation Service, and Canada's MEND Program.
      • Mine drainage and mine reclamation are topics of major interest to the mining industry, federal and local government, and the general public. These four volumes are the proceedings of a conference held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 24-29, 1994. There were twelve sessions (69 papers) that dealt with mine drainage, including modeling, geochemistry, prediction, treatment, control strategies, characterization, hydrology, and case studies. These sessions comprise volume 1 and volume 2. The six sessions (34 papers) that dealt with reclamation and revegetation of disturbed lands are included in volume 3. Volume 4 includes six sessions (34 papers) that dealt with such topical issues as fires at abandoned mine sites, subsidence, hydrology, mine wastes, and policy. Poster sessions presentations are represented by 49 papers and 92 abstracts that have been placed in the back of volumes 2, 3, and 4, consistent with the subject of that volume.

        International Land Reclamation and Mine Drainage Conference and Third International Conference on the Abatement of Acidic Drainage

Bat Conservation and Mining Proceedings

More information available on the Bat Conservation and Mining Page

  1. Protecting Threatened Bats at Coal Mines: A Technical Interactive Forum
    August 31-September 3, 2010
  2. Potential Effects of Surface Mining Blast Vibration on Bat
    Hibernacula: Report by the State of West Virginia
    December 31, 2006
  3. Indiana Bat and Coal Mining
    November 16-18, 2004
  4. Bat Gate Design Forum
    March 4-6, 2002
  5. Bat Conservation and Mining
    November 14-16, 2000

Billings Land Reclamation Symposium; March 20-24, 2000; Billings, MT

  1. Sagebrush Establishment on Mined Lands: Ecology and Research (2 MB)
  2. Billings Land Reclamation Symposium 2000 Striving for Restoration, Fostering Technology and Policy for Reestablishing Ecological Function (12 MB)

Coal Combustion Residues (CCRs) Proceedings

More information available on the Coal Combustion Residues Page

  1. Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) By-Products at Coal Mines and Reponses to the National Academy of Sciences Final Report "Managing Coal Combustion Residues in Mines" (Papers and Presentations)
    November 14-16, 2006
  2. Regulation, Risk, and Reclamation with Coal Combustion By-Products at Mines
    April 13-14, 2005
  3. State Regulation of Coal Combustion By-Product Placement at Mine Sites
    May 4-6, 2004
  4. OSMRE Coal Combustion By-Product Government/Regulatory Panel
    October 21, 2003
  5. Coal Combustion By-Products and Western Coal Mines
    April 16-18, 2002
  6. The Use and Disposal of Coal Combustion By-Products at Coal Mines
    April 10-13, 2000
  7. Coal Combustion By-Products Associated with Coal Mines
    October 29-32, 1996

Geomorphic Reclamation Proceedings

More information (including presentations) available on the Geomorphic Reclamation Page

  1. OSMRE Geomorphic Reclamation Technical Sessions at ASMR 2013
    Laramie, WY: June 2-6, 2013
  2. Geomorphic Reclamation and Natural Stream Design at Coal Mines: A Technical Interactive Forum (9 MB)
    Holiday Inn, Bristol, VA: April 27-30, 2009

Hydrology Proceedings

More information and resources available on the Hydrology Resources Page

  1. Hydrologic Issues Workshop
    August 3-5, 2004
  2. Mine Pool Workshop
    March 6-7, 2007; Wheeling, WV
  3. Manganese Workshop
    May 18, 2005; Pittsburgh, PA

Underground Mine Map Workshop Proceedings

  1. 2005 Underground Mine Map Workshop
    June 1-2, 2005; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Part One - Amy Gilmer, Bob Gibson, Bryan Bunch, Charles Banks, Daniel Kestner and George Gardner (28 MB)
    • Part Two - Jay Deal, JD Higginbotham, John Craynon, John Hiett and John Reitsma (30 MB)
    • Part Three - Joseph Taranto, Larry Wickstrom, Licia Weber, Marco Rajkovich, and Mary Howes (21 MB)
    • Part Four - Mike Dunn, Mike Robinson, Monte Hieb, NY Geological Survey, Nick Ferdorko, PA DEP and Class Roster (28 MB)
  2. 2003 IMCC/MSHA/OSMRE Benchmarking Workshop on Underground Mine Mapping
    October 15-16, 2003; Louisville, Kentucky Presentations:
    • Part One - Program, Participants, Evaluation, MSHA, OSM1, OSM2, OSM3 (13 MB)
    • Part Two - USGS, BLM, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, West Virginia (23 MB)
    • Part Three - Indiana (36 MB)
    • Part Four - Illinois, Kentucky, Utah, Iowa, North Carolina, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Virginia, Pennsylvania, WVGIS, Ohio, Summary, Ohio 1, Ohio 2 (29 MB)

Valley Fill Workshop; March 30-31, 2004; Pittsburgh, PA

  1. Case Studies, Permitting Requirements, and Inspection Requirements (25 MB)

Wildlife Summit; June 22-23, 2005; Louisville, KY

  1. Presentations (35 MB)

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