2013 Partners in Conservation Awards
The U.S. Department of the Interior today honored two OSMRE projects with the Department’s prestigious Partners in Conservation Awards.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell recognized OSMRE’s work with public and private collaborators for ongoing reforestation at the Flight 93 National Memorial as well as the development of a widely used software application that estimates the cost of treating mine-related water pollution.
Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative Flight 93 Reforestation Project
(Left to Right) Tom Shope, Regional Director for OSMRE's Appalachian Region, Jeff Reinbold, National Park Service, Scott Eggerud, OSMRE, Keith Newlin, National Park Service, King Laughlin, National Park Foundation, OSMRE Director Joe Pizarchik
The Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative Flight 93 Reforestation Project began in 2011 when the National Park Service (NPS) requested OSMRE’s help in reforesting previously mined and reclaimed land at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. On September 11, 2001, the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 bravely gave their lives, thereby thwarting a planned attack on the nation’s capital. So far, OSMRE, its collaborators, and about 1200 volunteers have placed more than 34,000 tree seedlings on the Memorial site.
OSMRE, the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative, the National Park Foundation, and the National Park Service will hold another tree planing at the Memorial in April 2014.
AMDTreat Software Partnership
(Left to Right) Tom Shope, Regional Director for OSMRE's Appalachian Region, Sam Faith, PADEP, Brent Means, OSMRE, Chuck Cravotta, USGS, Rich Beam, PADEP, Bob McKenzie, OSMRE (ret), OSMRE Director Joe Pizarchik
The Department also honored the AMDTreat Software Partnership, which produced an influential software application to help treat water pollution. In collaboration with the Pennsylvania and West Virginia Departments of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), OSMRE developed the water-treatment software application known as AMDTreat, which helps estimate costs to treat acid mine discharge (AMD), a detrimental by-product of coal mining.