Reclamation and Revegetation for Mines in Arid Climates

Reclamation and Revegetation for Mines in Arid Climates

Areas of Study: Environment and Community

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This course presents all aspects related to reclamation of mines from the initial baseline studies to final reclamation and bond release. The course is intended for environmental specialists in private practice and governmental agencies.

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  • Audience Level:
  • Professional
  • Enrollment:
  • Required
  • Duration:
  • 12 hours

Course Summary

Introduction

Reclamation and Revegetation for Mines in Arid Climates is intended for environmental specialists in private practice and governmental agencies. The purpose of this course is to present mining related reclamation based on practical and actual experience. The course presents actual mine reclamation practices that worked or didn’t work. The focus of this course is on base and precious metal mining operations in the western US, but the reclamation practices are applicable in other regions of the US and abroad.

The course presents all aspects related to reclamation of mines from the initial baseline studies to final reclamation and bond release. Much of the approach is based on requirements by governmental agency rules and regulations. Reclamation programs are based on site specific conditions and baseline studies. These studies and surveys may start by examining natural revegetation in the region and on old mine disturbance. The goal is to create systems based on ecosystem analysis (prior knowledge) and sound ecological processes and patterns. The ecosystems established will be stable and sustainable based on the environmental settings, since local ecosystems are a function of climate, soils, biota; animals/vegetation, time, cycles, and energy flow. The goal is to match current ecosystems and promote diversity in compatibility with the surrounding landscape.

Course Content

The course comprises 14 learning sessions of between 30 and 60 minutes each at the text level, plus multiple-choice reviews, extensive examples, numerous illustrations and tables, and supporting appendices. Estimated course duration is equivalent to approximately 12 hours of viewing content.

Learning Outcomes

  • Conduct baseline studies to support reclamation and environmental impact analysis.
  • Discuss reclamation and revegetation techniques.
  • Develop reclamation plans, apply for and obtain permits, and determine bonding requirements.
  • Develop and evaluate programs for testing, maintenance and monitoring of revegetation.

Recommended Background

  • A degree or diploma in environmental science or similar discipline.

Dr. Sam Bamberg

Dr. Bamberg is an internationally known biologist and ecologist with 30 years experience in environmental consulting related to resource development. He has worked in environmental studies and permitting for all types of resource utilization including mining for metals, coal, uranium, and industrial minerals; and in development for industrial, commercial, and residential sites; has specialized in reclamation in extreme and arid environments; has been active in the hazardous waste management field assessing the health risks and environmental effects of chemical and radioactive contaminants. He has been an expert witness at public hearings, and provided information in court proceedings. Dr. Bamberg has published more than 30 technical papers on ecology and ecosystem analysis in journals and periodicals. He has presented technical papers and chaired sessions at professional meetings. Dr. Bamberg has degrees in ecology, geology, and soils with an emphasis on soil, substrate, and vegetation relationships from University of Tennessee, Colorado, and California (Davis). He resides in Colorado, where he does consulting.