Reclaiming the Sierra

Improving Mine Reclamation Track

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 11:00 am – 4:20 pm

Track Moderator: Caleb Dardick, South Yuba River Citizens League

As part of this track, conference participants considered solutions to the challenges associated with regulating and funding abandoned mine reclamation in the current state and federal agency structure. Facilitated conference discussions identified opportunities for collaboration, as well as funding from federal and state sources.

Click here to read the issue papers developed by The Sierra Fund to frame each of the four conference tracks.


Workshop 1: Pre-SMARA Legacy Mine Remediation Challenges and Opportunities

Workshop Sponsor:  Holdrege and Kull

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

  • Glenda Marsh, Department of Conservation Abandoned Mine Lands Program
  • Julie Griffith-Flatter, Sierra Nevada Conservancy grant program
  • Bob Schneider, Tuleyome


Workshop 2: Post-SMARA Mine Permitting and Reclamation Issues

Workshop Sponsor:  Department of Conservation, Office of Mine Reclamation

1:20 pm – 2:25 pm

  • Pat Perez, Director, Department of Conservation, Office of Mine Reclamation
  • William Craven, Senate Natural Resources Committee
  • Gary Parsons, San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association


Workshop 3: Water Bond Implementation Issues and Opportunities

2:40 pm – 4:20 pm

  • Jena Price, California League of Conservation Voters
  • Keali’i Bright, Resources Agency
  • Alf Brandt, Legislative Director, California Assemblymember Anthony Rendon’s Office