The Powell River Project Symposium, a conference spotlighting Virginia Tech’s research on improving reclaimed surface-mined lands in Southwest Virginia’s coalfield region, will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Slemp Student Center at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise in Wise, Virginia. 

The event is open to the public.

Powell River Project research has focused on developing practical, cost-effective solutions to natural resource problems in central Appalachian coal mining areas. Research topics addressed by the project include mine reclamation and environmental protection practices by coal mining operations; use of reclaimed mined lands for forests, agriculture, and homes; and water and timber resources.

Subject areas that the symposium will focus on this year include mine-site reforestation, ecosystem development, and water resources.

Since 1980, the Powell River Project has included research and education programs to enhance restoration of mined lands and to benefit communities in Southwest Virginia’s coalfield region. The Powell River Project is a cooperative project of Virginia Tech and the coal industry. 

Its 1,100-acre center is a hub of research programs focused on developing practical, cost-effective solutions to natural resource problems in central Appalachian coal mining areas. The center also provides a home to education programs operated through Virginia Cooperative Extension that put completed research into practice.

The Powell River Project works collaboratively with other educational entities in the area, including The University of Virginia’s College at Wise where the symposium will be held.

More information on the symposium and mine restoration can be found on the Powell River Project’s website.

 

 

Written by Amy Loeffler.