Created in 1991 to administer the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA), the California Department of Conservation Office of Mine Reclamation (OMR) provides assistance to cities, counties, state agencies and mine operators for reclamation planning and promotes cost-effective reclamation. OMR strives to reclaim mined lands to a beneficial end-use through the implementation of SMARA and minimize residual hazards to public health and safety through the Abandoned Mine Lands Program. We are pleased to announce that OMR will be a Gold Level sponsor of Reclaiming the Sierra 2015.
Established in 2000, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation seeks to preserve the world’s most treasured landscapes and seascapes. Within its responsible mining program, the Foundation supports models of reclamation and restoration work throughout the world. The Tiffany and Co. Foundation believes that the manner in which precious metals and gemstones are extracted is of the utmost importance. The Foundation supports organizations that promote responsible mining of precious metals, diamonds and gemstones as well as organizations that assist communities where mining occurs, particularly in the American West and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) is a founding sponsor of Reclaiming the Sierra. SNC is a California state agency created by bi-partisan legislation (AB 2600) and signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2004. The SNC was created with the understanding that the environmental, economic and social well-being of the Sierra Nevada and its communities are closely linked and that the Region and the State of California would benefit from an organization providing a strategic direction. The SNC Region, made up of all or part of 22 counties covering over 25 million acres, is one of the most significant natural and biologically diverse regions in the world. The Sierra Nevada constitutes about 25 percent of California’s land area and is the state’s principal watershed, supplying 65 percent of the developed water supply to residents, agriculture, and other businesses/industries across the state.
The Geological and Environmental Sciences (GEOS) Department at California State University, Chico is a founding sponsor of Reclaiming the Sierra, and a longtime partner in The Sierra Fund’s initiative to assess and address the impacts of legacy mining. In the GEOS Department, building on learning both in and outside the classroom, students conduct applied and basic research to enhance their understanding of these systems. A major learning goal is that students recognize and understand human activities, the environment, and the local, regional, and global scale. A major feature of all degree programs is that they place a strong emphasis on providing students with excellent hands-on skills. Geology students develop field skills in mapping, describing rocks, and use of maps and compass. Students in the various options under environmental sciences likewise learn to use state-of-the-art instruments and field techniques for water measurement and testing, chemical analysis, vegetation inventory, geophysics, and meteorology.
From Terra Flora, 27-acres of certified Biodynamic and organic gardens and woodlands outside Nevada City, Flower Essence Services produces flower essences and personal care products used in holistic health practices and home care throughout the world. These products promote mind-body wellness, and help us deal with issues of stress, anxiety, depression, fear and other challenges to the contemporary soul.
SYRCL (pronounced “circle”) is the leading voice for the protection and restoration of the Yuba River and the Greater Yuba Watershed. Founded in 1983 through a rural, grassroots campaign to defend the South Yuba River from proposed hydropower dams, SYRCL has developed into a vibrant community organization with over 3,500 members and volunteers based in Nevada City, CA.
Teichert Materials is a part of A. Teichert & Son, Inc. which was founded in Sacramento by Adolph Teichert in 1887. Teichert’s contractor license is #8, the oldest active contractor license in California. The Teichert company is based on core values that include commitments to quality, safety, and environmental responsibility. Teichert Materials operations and employees work closely with our neighbors, environmental experts, and public officials to design, operate, reclaim, and replenish the environment upon which we all depend. Teichert’s Hallwood Plant has actively operated in the Yuba Gold Fields since 1953 and offers examples of modern active gravel mining techniques, equipment, and award-winning active and complete mine reclamation.
Nevada Irrigation District (NID) is a diversified water resource agency that supplies water to nearly 25,000 homes, farms and businesses in Nevada and Placer counties in the foothills of Northern California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. NID’s Combie Reservoir Sediment and Mercury Removal Project will be visited during the conference Gold Country Mines Tour, and will demonstrate innovative recovery processes to reduce elemental mercury concentrations from dredged sediments.
Golder Associates is a global, employee-owned organization providing independent consulting, design and construction services in our specialist areas of earth, environment and energy. Services span a range of technical disciplines around ground engineering and environmental services. Golder Associates strive to be the most respected global company providing consulting, design, and construction services in earth, environment, and related areas of energy through technical excellence and innovative solutions.
Holdrege & Kull – Consulting Engineers and Geologists is a multi-discipline consulting firm with a reputation for responsive, innovative, yet practical design approaches to complex geotechnical and environmental problems. Since 1993, H&K has grown with industry and regulatory demand, resulting in increased exposure to high profile geotechnical and environmental projects.