OFFICE OF SURFACE MINING RECLAMATION AND ENFORCEMENT
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Forestry Reclamation Excellence
Logan, WV Ė The Appalachian Region Reforestation Initiative (ARRI) named Appalachian Fuels, LLC recipient of its 2007 Excellence in Reforestation Regional Award here recently.
This award recognizes those individuals, operators and organizations that exemplify excellence in forestry reclamation on surface coal mine sites. ARRI is a partnership of individuals and organizations, including OSM, interested in growing healthy forests on reclaimed surface coal mine sites. Winners must meet ARRIís exacting standards to win at the state level. The best of the best is selected for this regional award.
The National Award
New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division, Mine Reclamation Bureau, Real De Dolores Mine Safeguard Project.
Ten years after the Santa Fe Trail began, the placer mining in the Ortiz Mountains ended when in 1831 shafts were opened beginning the Santo Nino, the oldest mine in what would become New Mexico. The Santa Rosalia mine followed in 1833, a full fifteen years before the California gold rush, expanding the mining camp of Real de Delores and leading to the construction of New Mexicoís first rail line built to carry ore. Later combined as the Old Ortiz mine, production continued here into the 1940s and an open pit mine operated in the 1980s.
OSM Director Lends Expertise to Botanic Garden Efforts
OSM Director Brent Wahlquist (center) explains the benefits of the Forestry Reclamation Approach (FRA) as U.S. Congressman Tim Murphy (left) and Pa. DEP Deputy Secretary J. Scott Roberts look on during a recent roundtable sponsored by the Botanic Garden of Western Pennsylvania. Director Wahlquist participated in the roundtable at the invitation of Congressman Murphy. Endorsed by the Appalachian Region Reforestation Initiative (ARRI), OSM helps promote this science-based approach because of its many benefits which include enhanced biodiversity through habitat restoration, carbon sequestration, restoration of high value forest as well as reduced runoff and flooding because of increased water infiltration. The roundtable was attended by local leaders and supporters of the Botanic Garden. (OSM photo).
Technology Leads to Safer Coalfields OSM receives award for adapting technology to help protect lives and the environment
San Diego, CA - Many of the nearly 15,000 scientists, researchers, business leaders and government officials gathered for an international geographic information systems (GIS) conference watched as OSM was recognized for its vision and leadership in using technology to make the Nationís coal mines safer for the public and to protect the environment.