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2009 ARRI Conference - DETAILS

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"Forestry Reclamation Approach In Action"
August 4-6, 2009
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

ARRI’s 3rd Annual Conference & Field Tours, "Forestry Reclamation Approach in Action", will be held August 4 through 6, 2009 at the beautiful Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg, Kentucky.

The event will include field tours visiting several different coal mining operations, a stream reconstruction and a reforestation project that is being undertaken by the University of Kentucky. During the conference portion of the event, speakers will highlight information on successful permitting and reclamation strategies for forested post mining land uses.

Panels of regulatory and industry personnel will discuss the challenges and successes of utilizing the Forestry Reclamation Approach [FRA]. Progress and results of reforestation research will be presented by the academic community.

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HOSTS -    Kentucky Department for Natural Resources
                 University of Kentucky
                 U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

SPONSORS - Appalachian Fuels, LLC
                    Aquatic Resources Management, LLC
                    Coal Operators and Associates, Inc.
                    Engineering Consulting Services, Inc.
                    Environmental Resources Management Consulting Company, LLC
                    International Coal Group, Inc.
                    Kentucky Coal Association
                    Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
                    Kentucky Division of Forestry
                    Lexington Coal Company, LLC
                    Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
                    TECO Coal
                    The American Chestnut Foundation
                    Trinity Coal Corporation
                    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
                    U.S. Forest Service  

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009
6:30 am - 7:45 am - BREAKFAST - May Lodge in Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
7:45 am - Participants meet at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Conference Center for Field Trip
8:00 am - DEPART FOR FIELD TRIP - Buses and Lunch provided

Tuesday’s Field Trip Includes:
ICG Mine Site at Rowdy, KY - You will see an active demonstration of Forestry Reclamation Approach (FRA) grading. While on this site you will also view cutting edge bee research and how it partners with ARRI and the FRA.
Big Elk Mine "Starfire" Reforestation Research Plots - You will see the University of Kentucky’s (UK) reforestation research cells that support high value Appalachian hardwood species planted in 1996 & 1997 using three distinctive grading formats; traditional grading, FRA grading, and end dumping with no grading.
UK’s Guy Cove Headwater Stream Reconstruction Project on the "Pittston Mine" - You will view a hollow fill reconstruction project that incorporates "state of the art" stream reconstruction techniques, FRA grading and hardwood plantings to reestablish a headwater stream.

6:00 pm - BARBEQUE - Patio at May Lodge in Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

Wednesday, August 5, 2009
6:30 am - 7:45 am - BREAKFAST - May Lodge in Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
7:30 am - 8:00 am - REGISTRATION - Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Conference Center
8:00 am - 4:30 pm - ARRI CONFERENCE - Held at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Conference Center

11:30 am - 1:00 pm - THE ARRI REGIONAL AWARDS LUNCHEON - Conference Center

Thursday, August 6, 2009
6:30 am - 7:45 am - BREAKFAST - May Lodge in Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
7:45 am - Participants meet at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Conference Center for Field Trip
8:00 am - DEPART FOR FIELD TRIP - Buses provided

Thursday’s Field Trip Includes:
UK’s Reforestation Research Cells established on Appalachian Fuels, LLC’s Bent Mountain Mine in Pike County, KY - You will observe an experimental water chemistry collection point, one of the largest American chestnut plantings established on a mine site, reclaimed areas that have been ripped to alleviate compaction and FRA areas that have been end dumped and planted in trees.


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LODGING - Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, located in the heart of the coal fields, nestled in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky on Dewey Lake near Prestonsburg, Kentucky. The park is operated by the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Department of Parks. The Park is located off US 23 at KY 1428.

All 49 rooms and all of the one and two bedroom cottages have been set aside for attendees of the conference. Participants are responsible for making their own lodging reservation. Rooms and cottages will be held until July 3, 2009.

To reserve a room or cottage please call 1 800-325-0142 and request the lodge room rate of $59.95 or request a one bedroom cottage for $107.96 or a two bedroom cottage for $130.46 plus tax. A block of 75 rooms is available at the Heritage House (formerly Holiday Inn) in Prestonsburg. This block will be held until July 1, 2009 (606-886-0001).

Other motels in the area include:

Comfort Suites 606-886-2555
Microtel Inns and Suites  606-889-0331

For more information on lodging and things to do at Jenny Wiley State Park, visit:: 

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Includes Tuesday and Thursday field trips, conference materials, transportation, breakfasts for all three days, lunch for Tuesday and Wednesday, refreshment breaks, and barbeque dinner on Tuesday


Cancellations must be received 7 days prior to conference in order to receive a refund.  Registered persons may be substituted for someone else.

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REGISTRATION - Print and mail the registration form found in the FRA in Action Conference Brochure  by June 30th to:

Renee Williams
University of Kentucky
Department of Forestry
216 Thomas Poe Cooper Building
Lexington, KY 40546-0073
Phone: 1 859-257-7597

Or to register online visit UK's Department of Forestry Registration site found here:


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