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DATE POSTED 04/07/2008
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Bond Release Interactive Forum 2002 - Preliminary Release

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Bond Release Interactive Forum 2002 - Preliminary Release

The Bond Release Interactive Forum 2002 is technical forum, co-sponsored by the North Dakota Public Service Commission, Reclamation Division; the North Dakota State University, Animal and Range Sciences Department; and the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT), Western Regional Coordinating Center (WRCC), Office of Surface Mining (OSM), Denver, Colorado - was held August 27 through 29, 2002, at the Holiday Inn, Bismarck, North Dakota. See Week at a Glance for other activities (workshops and mine field trips) the week of August 25-30, 2002.

Week at a glance, August 25 - 30, 2002

Week at a Glance
Date Time Event
August 25 1 p.m.- 6 p.m. Workshop: Part I - Introduction to GIS and digital imagery, Mike Price, ESRI
August 26 8:30 a.m.-
4:30 p.m.
Digital Imaging Workshop
  7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Workshop: Part II - Acquiring and using digital imagery in GIS applications, Mike Price, ESRI
August 27 8:30 a.m. -
12 p.m.
Digital Imagery Workshop (continuing)
  1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Forum Presentations
  7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Mini-Workshop: Taking a good photo: A demonstration of handy tips for mining and environmental photography, Kelly Krabbenhoft, Coteau Properties Co., ND
August 28 8:30 a.m. -
5 p.m.
Forum Presentations
August 29 8:30 a.m. -
5 p.m.
Forum Presentations
August 30 8:30 a.m. -
5 p.m.
Field trip to Dakota Westmoreland's Corporation's - Beulah Mine in the morning, and BNI Coal, Ltd's - Center Mine in the afternoon.

A block of rooms is being held at the Holiday Inn, 605 E. Broadway Ave, Bismarck, ND  58501-2718, government rate of $55 per night (plus tax). Refer to "Office of Surface Mining" when making reservations at:  (701) 255-6000. Block of rooms will be held until July 24, 2002.

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Tuesday, August 27 - Ballroom     1:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
     Leo Reinbold - Commissioner, Public Service Commission, ND

Opening Remarks
     Joe Galetovic - Office of Surface Mining, CO

The Value of Achieving Post-Mining Land Use
     Wanda Burget - Peabody Energy Corp., WY

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation Award 2001
     Chet Skilbred - Glenrock Coal Company, WY

Achieving Wildlife Habitat for Post Mining Land Use
     Scott Benson - Triton Coal Co., WY

When a Postmining Land Use Fails
     Daron Haddock - Division Oil Gas and Mining, UT

Reclamation Security in Alberta
     Chris Powter - Alberta Environmental Protection - Land Reclamation Division

Wednesday, August 28- Ballroom     8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Post Mining Land Use in Alaska
     Justin Ireys - Division of Mining, Land and Water, AK

Coal Bed Methane and Post Mining Land Use
     Karl R. Houskeeper - Division Oil, Gas, and Mining, UT

Oil and Gas Development as a Post Mining Land Use
     Rick Chancellor - Dept. Environmental Quality, Land Quality Division, WY

Home on the Reclaimed Range - Can a Family Still Make a Living?
     Roy Liedtke - Jacobs Ranch Mine WY, and
     Wendy Hutchinson - Arch Coal, Inc., WY

Cooperating With Industry and Landowners in Achieving Goals, Verifying Success,
and Releasing Bond
     Jim Deutsch - Public Service Commission, Reclamation Division, ND

Harmony Lake a Valuable Aquatic Resource
     Joe Friedlander - Coteau Properties, ND

The Value of Wetlands - Development of a Golf Course
     Randy Crooke - Falkirk Mine, ND

Conversion of A Post Oak Savannah to Prime Farmlands and Forestry Land Uses
     Eddie Bearden - TXU, Dallas, TX

Achieving Post Mining Land Use at Trapper Mine
     Forest Luke -Trapper Mining, CO

Additional Welcome Remarks
     Susan Wefald - Commissioner, Public Service Commission, ND

North Dakota Cropland Release: Production Data Verification
     Steve Schroeder - Public Service Commission, Reclamation Division, ND

Drainage Reclamation in Montana
     Tom Golnar - Department of Environmental Quality, Industrial and Energy Minerals                           Bureau, MT

Leica Geosystems - Operator's Partners in Achieving Post Mining Land Use
     Rod Eckels - Leica Geosystems, CA

Thursday, August 29 - Ballroom     8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
One of the Tool Boxes on the Way to Post Mining Land Use
     Steve Richards - Carlson Software, KY

Post Mining Topography Including Reconstructed Drainage-ways
     Nicholas Bugosh - San Juan Coal Co., NM

Factors Influencing Reclamation Success of Diverse Permanent Grasslands Including Post-Management Practices Such As Grazing and Haying
     Dr. Don Kirby - North Dakota State University, ND

Techniques for Evaluating Reclaimed Woodlands
     Dr. Don Kirby - North Dakota State University, ND

Assessment of Agriculture and Wildlife on Reclaimed Native Grasslands
     Guy Welch, Public Service Commission, Reclamation Division, ND

Use of Reclaimed Lands by Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse and Greater Sage Grouse in Colorado
     Dan Mathews - Division of Minerals and Geology, CO

Wildlife Habitat and Grazingland as Postmining Land Uses on Reclaimed Surface Coal Mines in Wyoming
     Bob Giurgevich - Dept. Environmental Quality, Land Quality Division, WY

Validation of Approved Post Mining Land Use
     Willis Gainer - OSM, Albuquerque, NM

Post Mining Land Use and Bond Release Statistics
     David Clark - Dept. of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources,
                          Mining and Minerals Division, NM

Summary and Closing Remarks
     Chris Yde - Department of Environmental Quality, Industrial and Energy Minerals                        Bureau, MT

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Sunday, August 25 - Ballroom     1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Part I - Introducing GIS, Digital Imagery, and Volumetrics
     Mike Price, Mining and Earth Science Solutions Manager, ESRI.

A half-day workshop for coal mining and reclamation professionals new to GIS, and those wishing to see the new ArcView 8.1 (ArcGIS) software including ArcMap, ArcCatalog and ArcToolbox. The workshop provides an overview of GIS applications in Mining and Earth Sciences. Demonstrations introduce current GIS theory and practice. GIS data sources for coal mine regulators, operators, and reclamation specialists will be explored. This workshop is suited for professionals with minimal GIS experience. (A two-page workshop outline available upon request).

Monday, August 26 - Ballroom     8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Welcome and Workshop Objectives
     Joe Galetovic, OSM Western Regional Coordinating Center, and
     David Bickel, ND Public Service Commission, Reclamation Division

Overview of Digital Image Use in Western Mining and Mine Reclamation
(as reflected in this workshop)
     David Bickel

Session 1 - Managing Historical and Traditional Images
Digital Conversion of Conventional Photo and Slide Collections
     Nirander Safaya, ND Public Service Commission, Reclamation Division

Break and Poster Session: Cataloging and Managing Digital Photos and Integrating Them with a Management System for Inspection Reports
     Loretta Reichert, MT Dept. Environmental Quality, Industrial and Energy
                              Minerals Bureau

Electronic Library and Its Services
     Debbie McGinnis, OSM Western Regional Coordinating Center

Managing Digital Images and Integrating Them into a Digital Permitting Workflow and Information Management System
     John Riley, CO Division of Minerals and Geology

Session 2 - Enhancing the Use of Engineering & Scientific Graphics
Where Do Digital Ortho-photos Come From?
     Tom Asbeck, Photo Science, Inc.

Registration of Images for Overlaying, Editing, Raster-Vector Conversion Using AutoDesk's CAD Overlay
     Gerry Lannoye, Falkirk Mining Company, ND.

Developing Public and Agency World Wide Web Access to Spatial Data and Imagery with a NM Example Utilizing AutoDesk's Map Guide
     Rick Koehler, NM Dept. of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources, Mining and
                          Minerals Division

GIS and Energy Minerals.
     Mike Price, ESRI

A State Multi-agency Consortium for Developing WWW Accessible GIS Information; a NM Example of One Agency's Experience
     Rick Koehler

Hardware Aspects of Digital Image Usage - Paired Mining Company and Regulatory Agency Perspectives
     Steve Kahl, NDPSC and G. Lannoye, Falkirk Mining Company, ND

Monday, August 26 - Ballroom     7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Part II - Advanced Modeling, Emphasizing Digital Imagery in GIS Applications
     Mike Price, Mining and Earth Science Solutions Manager, ESRI.

Evening workshop highlights ArcGIS extensions for mine operations and environmental management. Demonstration activities introduce Spatial, Image, and 3D extensions for geologic data visualization and advanced geospatial analysis. Spatial processes, including terrain creation, slope analysis, viewsheds, volumetric calculation, and watershed definition, are introduced. Image analysis procedures including image registration, vector capture and interpolation (heads-up digitizing), and simple reclassifications are demonstrated. (A two-page workshop outline available upon request).

Tuesday, August 27 - Ballroom     8:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Session 3 - Images Providing and Enhancing Data

Technologies and Capabilities in Remote-sensing Applications for Mine Reclamation As a Result of Affordable High-resolution Coverages
     Kyle Bohnenstiehl, OSM-TIPS

Hyperspectral Remote Sensing and Its Application to Vegetation Mapping and Reclamation Monitoring
     Greg Jones, Powder River Coal Co., WY.

Discussion: A vision of the future for digital imagery in mine reclamation? What are the likely paths and costs for getting there?
     Panel: Greg Jones, Kyle Bohnenstiehl, Mike Price, Steve Kahl, Gerry Lannoye,
               and Rick Koehler.

Tuesday, August 27 - Ballroom     7:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Taking a Good Photo: A Demonstration of Handy Tips for Mining and Environmental Photography
     Kelly Krabbenhoft, Coteau Properties Co., ND

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