Wednesday, April 29, 2015

2015 PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference Registration Now Open

Online registration is now open for the 2015 PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference on June 24-25 at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center in State College, PA.  
The conference will offer more than 20 unique presentations on all kinds of issues related to the reclamation of our abandoned mine-scared lands and waterways.  Here is a short list of some of the interesting things you will learn:
-- How monarch butterfly habitat can be incorporated into mine reclamation,
-- How drone technology might be the next thing to help you with your water quality monitoring
-- How refuse bank fires are extinguished
In addition to the great presentations, the AMR Conference also offers some of the best networking available to the PA watershed community.  
You have your choice of three activities during the afternoon on Thursday, including a golf outing benefiting EPCAMR and WPCAMR, a sustainability tour of Centre County featuring a stop at a winery, and a film festival showing multiple films collected throughout the state that is sure to spark insightful conversation.  
And let’s not forget the banquet dinner and the presentation of the coveted Mayfly Award.
Registration fees remain low!  Full registration is $90.  Representatives of non-profits may apply for a scholarship of $45.  That’s 50 percent off what everyone else pays!  Where else are you going to get 2 full days of networking and education for so cheap?  
But, bring your wallets along because our silent auction returns this year with all new items.  Here are a few items you should place a bid on: beautiful photography from our very own Melissa Reckner; hand-carved walking sticks; a Safelight Auto basket; several homesteading baskets filled with home-canned items, candles, soaps, and a whole leg of Fortiter Farm lamb (courtesy of Andy McAllister); and many more surprises.
Don’t delay.  Register now and reserve your room.  More information can be found at the PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference website.
(Written by Anne Daymut, WPCAMR Watershed Coordinator, from the Western Coalition for Abandoned Mine Restoration Abandoned Mine Posts.  Click Here to sign up for your own copy.)

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