Artistic computer drawing of 31st Bridge in Pittsburgh, with steel mills in the background.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Monday       Tuesday       Wednesday


**Please note that some presenters may not have utilized a powerpoint, therefore
there will not be a file associated with that given presentation.**

MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2010


FRA WORKSHOP

FRA Step 1 – Create a Suitable Growth Medium

Jeff Skousen, West Virginia University

FRA Step 2 – Loosely Grade the Topsoil

Rick Sweigard, University of Kentucky

FRA Step 3 – Use Compatible Ground Covers

Jennifer Franklin, University of Tennessee Knoxville

FRA Step 4 – Tree Species Selection

Ron Rathfon, Purdue University

FRA Step 5 – Proper Tree Planting Techniques

Victor Davis, Office of Surface Mining, Appalachian Region, Knoxville Field Office

FRA and the Mining Industry

Chris Stanley, TECO

Regulatory Approval of the FRA

Tom Shope, Office of Surface Mining, Appalachian Region

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TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2010


THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FRA

"APPLYING THE FORESTRY RECLAMATION APPROACH IN MODERN MINING OPERATIONS"

 

Welcome

Tom Shope, Office of Surface Mining, Appalachian Region

Mine Reforestation: A Coal Miner’s Perspective

John P. Jones, Environmental Affairs, Alpha Natural Resources, LLC

Ripping Compacted Mine Soils- Improved Tree Growth 18 Years after Planting

James Burger, Forestry and Soil Science, Virginia Tech

Reclamation using the FRA-5 Years of Progress

Scott Eggerud, Office of Surface Mining, Appalachian Region

 Applying the FRA at Consol/Fola, West Virginia

Mike Isabell, Technical Services, Consol/Fola Coal

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FRA SUCCESS STORIES

 Reclaiming and Reforesting AML while Recovering Abandoned Coal Refuse

Walter Crickmer, Gobco, LLC

Applying the FRA at ICG Birch River, West Virginia

Mike Duvall, ICG Eastern, LLC

Applying the FRA in Tennessee

Curtis Weittenhiller, Lexington Coal Company, LLC

2009 Excellence in Reforestation Award

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INNOVATIONS USING THE FRA

Applying the FRA at Oxford Mining, Jockey Hollow, Ohio

Mike Hiscar, Office of Surface Mining, Pittsburgh Field Division
Jeff Emmons, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Field Investigations of Best Practices for Steep Slope Applications of the FRA

Richard Sweigard, Mining Engineering, University of Kentucky

The FRA and Pennsylvania Wildlife Game Lands

John Meehan, Bureau of Mining Reclamation, Pennsylvania Department of Ennironmental Resources

Factors Affecting Performance of Artificially Regenerated American Chestnut on Reclaimed Mine Sites

Brian McCarthy, Environmental and Plant Biology, Ohio University

FRA Effects on Hydrology and Water Quality

Chris Barton, Forest Hydrology, University of Kentucky

 Mined Land Reforestation for Watershed Restoration

Elizabeth Fees, Office of Surface Mining/VISTA

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 2010


COAL MINE REFORESTATION I

Tree Species and Density Effects on Woody Biomass Production on Mined Lands: Establishment and Two Year Results

Daniel M. Evans, Virginia Tech

Enhancement of the Forestry Reclamation Approach through Earthworm Inoculation: Engaging Pre-Service Teachers and Elementary School Students in the Forestry

Holly J. Travis, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Second Year Response of Appalachian Mixed Hardwoods to Soil Surface Grading and Herbaceous Ground Cover on Reclaimed Mine Land

Christopher Fields-Johnson, Virginia Tech

Stability and Erosion on Steep Slopes Constructed by the Forest Reclamation Approach in the Southern Appalachian Region

Isaac A. Jeldes, University of Tennessee

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COAL MINE REFORESTATION II

Survival and Growth of Chestnut Hybrid Seeds and Seedlings on Mountaintop Surface Mines in West Virginia

Jeff Skousen, West Virginia University

Response of Improved American Chestnuts to Planting Practices on Reclaimed Surface Mined Land

Christopher Fields-Johnson, Virginia Tech

Seed Colonization of Hardwoods

Jeff Skousen, West Virginia University

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COAL MINE REFORESTATION III

Post Mining Land Use Trends in WV between 1998 and 2008

Kevin G. Quick, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection

The Significance of Political Trust in Mined Land Reclamation and Reforestation Efforts

Darren A. Wheeler, Ball State University

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