University of Wyoming Extension News

Mining, reclamation association meeting first in Wyoming since 2007

Pete Stahl

Pete Stahl

Mining and reclamation industry representatives will converge on Laramie for a joint conference at which organizers say they hope to boost knowledge and share information industry-wide.

Registrations are at 320 and increasing for the meeting of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation (ASMR) and the Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center (WRRC) June 1-7 at the Hilton Garden Inn.

“It is one of the largest professional reclamation conferences in the world, and it’s indicative of the important role Wyoming plays in the field of land reclamation and ecosystem restoration in the United States,” said Pete Stahl, director of the WRRC in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming.

In 2007, Gillette hosted the most-recent ASMR meeting in Wyoming.

UW reclamation and soils specialists are helping organize and shepherd more than 80 presentations and various tours during the conference.

            Pre-conference workshops are Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, and presentations begin Monday. Gov. Matt Mead and Frank Galey, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will address conference participants.

WRRC faculty and staff members planned the field trips, the scientific program and the social events.

Theme for the conference is “Reclamation Across Industries.”

“Wyoming is the leading producer of many natural resources, which require reclamation after the resource is extracted,” said Stahl. “In the past, there has not been much communication among these different industries. We are trying to bring these different groups together to share information and knowledge to the mutual benefit of all.”

In addition to industry presenters, UW graduate students will present researchresults.

“It’s extremely relevant, and much is funded by the industry,” said Stahl, a professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. “The WRRC has identified problematic areas in reclamation with industry and has designed research to address these problems. Much of it isbeing carried out by graduate students.”

The tour of the Wamsutter Gas Field is Tuesday, and the Powder River Basin energy tour is Friday and Saturday, June 7-8.

Conference information is at http://bit.ly/asmr2013.

Pete Stahl