Mining, Reclamation Association Meeting First in Wyoming Since 2007
May 24, 2013 — More than 320 individuals have registered for the American Society of Mining and Reclamation (ASMR) and the Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center (WRRC) conference June 1-7 at the University of Wyoming Conference Center at Laramie’s Hilton Garden Inn.
Pre-conference workshops are Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, and presentations begin Monday. Gov. Matt Mead and Frank Galey, dean of the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will speak. A tour of the Wamsutter natural gas field is Tuesday, and a Powder River Basin energy tour is Friday and Saturday, June 7-8.
The conference theme is “Reclamation across Industries.” Organizers say they hope to boost knowledge and share information industrywide. Conference information is at http://bit.ly/asmr2013.
“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,” says Pete Stahl, WRRC director in the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
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. WRRC faculty and staff members planned the field trips, the scientific program and the social events.
“Wyoming is the leading producer of many natural resources, which require reclamation after the resource is extracted,” Stahl says. “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 research results.