Roger Allely, Engineering Assistant II, Alaska Abandoned Mine Lands Program
2017 – present: Retired, working for AML Program
1995 – 2017: Alaska AML Program – design, contract writing, job inspection.
1979 – 1995: Alaska Hydrologic Survey, Groundwater Section. Groundwater, water quality, geophysics, geologic mapping.
Interests: Travel, hiking, music, reading, home improvement, auto / mechanical projects.
Paul T. Behum, Ph.D., Sr. Hydrologist, Office of Surface Mining
Paul has over 35 years of mining-related environmental experience. He conducts acid mine drainage investigations and remediation design and provides hydrogeology and geochemistry assistance to state and federal coal regulatory and reclamation programs. He has BS ad MS degrees in Geology from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD in Environmental Resources and Policy from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His work at SIU centered on developing improved practices for coal waste disposal.
Dan Broockmann, Archaeologist, Bureau of Land Management, Elko District
Dan Broockmann is an archaeologist who has been working in the field for the last 20 years. He started out in the private sector and have been with the Elko BLM for the last five years. In addition to cultural work and Abandon Mines Lands work he serve as a Resource Advisor (REAF) and Fire Archaeologist (ARCH) for wildlands fires. He is an avocational permaculture designer. He and his wife love backpacking, traveling, and all things food related (growing, preserving, cooking, and eating).
Jim Cable, Scientist Consultant, Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands
Jim Cable grew up in East Kentucky, the son of a small surface mine operator and earned a BBA in Marketing from Eastern Kentucky University in 1985. After spending his early career in sales and management, Jim joined the Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands in 2006. He has served the organization in multiple roles, first as an Environmental Inspector in the Construction Branch, then as an Environmental Control Supervisor in both the Construction and Emergency Branches. Currently, Jim works out of the Kentucky AML Director’s Office as an Environmental Scientist Consultant, dealing primarily with the AML Pilot Program.
Kelsey Q. Canary, P.E., Mining Engineer Manager (Planning and Project Development Section Chief), Pennsylvania DEP - Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation
Kelsey is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania. She manages the Planning and Project Development Section and is the Permit Chief for the Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation (PA DEP – BAMR) Cambria District Office. Kelsey graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown with a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering. She has worked for PA DEP-BAMR for 6 years.
Ann Carpenter, MMSA AML (Legacy) Committee Chair
Ann Carpenter is a seasoned mining and mineral development professional with over thirty-five years of experience. Ms. Carpenter has global experience in corporate and business development, property and corporate valuation, and strategic planning and implementation, and is an experienced corporate director, technical advisor, and mining advocacy leader. Ms. Carpenter holds a Bachelors in Geology and her skill set includes mining and mineral development, legislation and government affairs, sustainability and ESG, and project development. She was formerly the President, COO, and Director of US Gold Corp. and is currently the CEO and Director of Remote Energy Solutions LLC and Director of Ensign Minerals, and Eminent Gold. Ms. Carpenter has worked in the western USA, Mexico, South America, Africa, and Canada. She has been active for over three decades in many professional societies and associations, including American Exploration & Mining Association, GeologicalSociety of Nevada, and MMSA.
Gregory Crouch, Author of “The Bonanza King: John Mackay and the Battle Over the Greatest Riches in the American West”
Gregory Crouch is a writer who specializes in adventurous and historic subjects. He is the author of the Comstock epic, The Bonanza King: John Mackay and the Battle Over the Greatest Riches in the American West, the World War II flying adventure China’s Wings: War, Romance, Intrigue, and Adventure in the Middle Kingdom During the Golden Age of Flight, and the mountaineering memoir Enduring Patagonia.
Crouch has published stories in The Atlantic, National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, Smithsonian, Time, American History, World War II, Islands, Outside, Popular Mechanics, Backpacker, Rock & Ice, Ascent, Alpinist, Climbing and many other national and regional media. Also regular book critic, Crouch has reviewed more than 25 books for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times Book Review, and NPR Books, among others.
In 1988, Gregory Crouch graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, where he studied military history. During his tenure in active service, he completed U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger schools and led two infantry platoons. He lives in Walnut Creek, California.
Brian Dailey, Ecologist, OSMRE
Brian Dailey is an Ecologist with OSMRE in Pittsburgh, PA with over fifteen years of professional experience in natural resources management. As an Ecologist, Brian provides technical support to Federal and State agencies on ecological investigations and training on biological field methods and wetland science. Before joining OSMRE in 2016, Brian was an Environmental Scientist for the California State Water Resources Control Board in Sacramento, CA conducting wetland condition assessments and issuing Clean Water Act Section 401 Certifications. He has also worked as an Environmental Inspector on natural gas pipeline construction projects across the U.S. and as a GIS Technician in West Virginia. Brian holds a B.A. in Environmental Geoscience and a M.S. in Safety Management from West Virginia University.
Lauren Duncan, AML Project Manager, Trout Unlimited Inc.
Lauren Duncan is the Abandoned Mine Restoration Project Manager for Trout Unlimited based in Rollinsville, Colorado. She has received a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Denver and an M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Prior to coming to TU, Lauren worked for various public and private entities in sustainability, water quality and water resources. She was brought on full-time to Trout Unlimited in October 2016, and focuses on restoration of mining impacted areas, in-stream enhancement, soil and water chemistry, project management and oversight.
Duane Ericson, Archeologist, Bureau of Land Management
Duane Ericson is a historic archeologist with the Bureau of Land Management’s Abandoned Mining Lands Unit out of Medford, Oregon. He has over 30 years’ experience researching historic mining landscapes, has authored two books on mining/railroad history and is currently working third book covering the evolution of mining camp architecture. Duane also holds an M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Oregon with a thesis on mining architecture and technology. When not immersed in mining history, Duane enjoys travelling and spending time with his wife, Gretchen.
Scott Graham, Project Manager, Montana Department of Environmental Quality Abandoned Mine Lands
Scott Graham is a Project Manager in the Montana Abandoned Mine Lands Program. He is currently responsible for the reclamation of lands impacted by historic coal and hard rock mining. This includes managing consulting engineers and construction contractors. He has also worked collaboratively and established relationships with organizations outside of DEQ including the U.S. Forest Service, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Trout Unlimited, the Musselshell Watershed Coalition, and various County Commissions. Prior to working with the State of Montana, he spent nearly 20 years in environmental consulting completing work throughout the United States.
Brent Guttmann, Emergency Unit Supervisor, Illinois Department of Natural Resources – Office of Mines and Minerals, Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Division
Brent Guttmann is the Emergency Unit Supervisor of the Abandoned Mined Lands Reclamation Division, Office of Mines and Minerals at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). He has been a Licensed Professional Engineer since 2001 and has worked for IDNR since 2014. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He has experience in the areas of structural, geotechnical, and transportation engineering. Prior to employment with IDNR, Brent held various positions at Sverdrup Civil, the Illinois Department of Transportation, and the US Army Surface Deployment and Distribution Command.
Amir Hass, Associate Research Professor, West Virginia State University
Dr. Hass is an Associate Research Professor of Soil Water and Natural Resources Management at West Virginia State University. He earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Soil and Water Sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and a Ph.D. in Forest Science from Texas A&M University. Amir worked with the USDA-ARS Appalachian Farming System Research Center in Beaver WV prior to joining WVSU in 2012. His research aimed at understanding underlying chemical processes and development of technologies and management practices to assure sustainable and environmentally sound use of soil, water, and natural resources.
Harold J. Hutson, P.E., P.G., Senior Engineer, BRS, Inc.
Harold J. Hutson is a senior project engineer with BRS, Inc., a natural resources consulting firm located in Riverton, Wyoming. Mr. Hutson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geological engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and is a Professional Engineer and Professional Geologist registered in Wyoming. Mr. Hutson is a Registered Member of the US Society of Mining Engineers (SME) and a Qualified Person as defined by Canadian National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Hutson has over 20 years of experience in mine land reclamation, mine permitting, and geological engineering.
Erinn Johnson, Senior Staff Geologist, Deere & Ault – Schnabel Engineering
Erinn Johnson is a senior staff geologist at Deere & Ault Consultants. She has been at Deere & Ault for almost 5 years and has been working as a geologist since 2015. Erinn has experience ranging from geologic mapping to geotechnical drilling to Soil Analysis. She is currently balancing work and completing her master’s thesis in structural geology from Colorado State University. Erinn was the primary field geologist for the American Tunnel Piezometer, which she will present to you all now.
Daniel Kestner, Innovative Reclamation Program Manager, Virginia Dept. of Mines, Minerals and Energy
Daniel Kestner is the Innovative Reclamation Program Manager for the Virginia
Dept. of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME), working primarily for the Division of Mined Land Reclamation in both the Active and Abandoned Mined Land programs. He has worked in a supervisory or management role since 2005 with the exception of his time spent working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Huntsville, AL as a Geographer. Daniel graduated with a B.S. in Geography from Radford University with a concentration in land use planning, in addition to a technical concentration in geographic information systems and remote sensing. He has over 20 years of experience and is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional, GISP and a FAA licensed Remote Pilot. He is also a Fellow with the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute.
Michael C. “Mike” Korb, P.E., Senior Mining Engineer, Tetra Tech, Inc.
Mike Korb retired from the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation Wilkes-Barre District Office in 2016. A Mining Engineering graduate of the Missouri School of Mines with more than 50 years’ management, executive, professional, supervisory, consulting, technical, and administrative jobs in mining and mining-related industries. Besides working for the state, he worked in bituminous coal, iron ore, limestone, industrial sand, slag and more than 20 years in anthracite coal. Mike has been with Tetra Tech in Northeastern Pennsylvania for five years and keeps talking about anthracite mine heritage and minewater geoexchange at NAAMLP conferences. (98 words)
Michael S. “Mike” Lazorcik, P.E., Civil Engineer Manager (Design Section Chief), PA Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Harrisburg Office
Mike manages the Project Design Section of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation (PA DEP-BAMR) Harrisburg Office. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, a Pennsylvania State University alumnus and has worked for PA DEP-BAMR in the abandoned mine land program for the past 35 years. Mike is also a thespian and enjoys Penn State Football, Phillies Baseball, hiking, trying different foods, and IPAs. If you see Mike on Wednesday be sure to ask him, “Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, what day is it?”
Mark W. Longtine, Senior Lead Consultant/Geologist, WSP USA
Mr. Longtine is a Senior Lead Consultant with WSP USA. With Ecology and Environment, Inc., acquired by WSP in 2019, he was a Principal Geologist. Mr. Longtine provides technical leadership and program/project management on behalf of federal, state, and private clients for abandoned mine land and other projects requiring site characterization and remediation. He synthesizes geologic, geophysical, hydrologic, geochemical, and other data, and coordinates with risk assessors and engineers to develop cost-effective cleanup approaches. Previous experience includes work as a petroleum geologist. He holds a Master’s in geological sciences from the University of Texas at Austin.
Timothy Love, Sr. Geospatial Coordinator, U.S. Forest Service
Tim Love is a Sr. Geospatial Coordinator at the USFS Geospatial Technology and Applications Center in Salt Lake City, UT who has been working with GIS for the past 20 years. Along with developing GIS products, Tim works to help define data and analysis standards for the agency, as well as developing best practices for the operational use of GIS technology on the ground. Tim also focuses on innovation and the development of more effective ways of meeting business requirements, specifically: streamlined approaches that avoid bureaucratic and other traps.
Scott Ludwig, Abandoned Mine Lands Program Manager, USDA Forest Service- Washington Office Minerals & Geology Management Group
Mr. Ludwig manages the Forest Service National Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) program coordinating program and projects throughout seven Forest Service Regions encompassing 140 National Forests. Represents the Forest Service AML program on National Interagency Workgroups with Federal and State partners. Developed and currently manages numerous interagency agreements with Federal and State Agencies for completing safety closures at abandoned mines located on NFS lands throughout the U.S. Facilitated development and implementation of the geospatial Forest Service National AML database as the system of record for the Forest Service AML program.
Dillon Metcalfe, Subterranean Specialist, Bat Conservation International
Dillon is a subterranean technician who has worked for Bat Conservation International since 2016. He specializes in biological habitat assessment of underground spaces, and often works with land managers on AML projects. Dillon has surveyed and mapped hundreds of abandoned mines in eight western states, leading to the identification and protection of critical wildlife habitat. He routinely maps the extent of large historic mines, identifying areas of previously unknown risk to human safety. Dillon has worked with an array of partners, including the BLM, ENMRD, USFS, NPS, DOE, and Freeport-McMoRan. He lives in Flagstaff, AZ, with his wife and daughter.
Ryan Reed, Project Manager, BRS, Inc.
Mr. Reed is a Professional Engineer with a B.S. in Mining Engineer from the Colorado School of Mines. With 12 years’ experience including as a construction manager for surface and underground coal and uranium mine reclamation projects, uranium mine resource modeling, surface and underground mine design, and as a project manager for drilling and grouting subsidence mitigation projects.
Sarah Schmidt, Geologist, Bureau of Land Management
Sarah has worked for the Elko BLM Office for 16 years as a Geologist and started assisting with the District AML program in 2015. Often called a ‘Finder’ for her abilities to find lost items, she fit right into the AML program of finding hazards on the public lands. Sarah enjoys hiking, biking, geocaching, rockhounding, tumbling and polishing rocks.
Rick Sherwin, Professor of Biology, Christopher Newport University
Rick Sherwin earned his PhD at the University of New Mexico and has been studying the relationship of wildlife with abandoned mines for 27 years. In that time, he has surveyed and developed biological recommendations for over 20,000 abandoned mines. He has conducted surveys of abandoned mines for State, Federal, and international governments, private mining companies, and in his own research. He is coauthor of 31 scientific papers and coauthor the book “Managing abandoned mines for bats” and has given over 100 presentations at professional meetings.
Jon Smoyer, Environmental Group Manager, Pennsylvania DEP- Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation – Division of Acid Mine Drainage
Jon Smoyer is a Licensed Professional Geologist and manager of the AMD Planning and Development Section for the bituminous coal field in Pennsylvania’s AML program where he is responsible for the planning of the restoration of AMD impacted watersheds. He has 22 years of experience in mining, reclamation, and mine water treatment. Jon is also one of the instructors the Passive Treatment, Theory Design and Application course for OSMRE’s National Technical Training Program (NTTP). He resides on a small farm about 35 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. He loves the outdoors, his vocation, and his family.
David L. Sorrel, P.E., Construction Management Challenges in Appalachia, Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands
David graduated with a B.S. in Mining Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1979. He has worked in both the underground and surface coal mining industry for Pittsburg & Midway Coal Mining Company, Island Creek Coal Company, Consolidation Coal Company, and has worked as a consultant for Gaston Engineering, Inc. He accepted a position in the Design Branch of the Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) in 2003. In 2005 he became the Construction Branch Manager and was responsible for the construction of AML projects in both eastern and western Kentucky coal fields. He is part of the instruction team for the OSMRE Landslide Workshop.
Ryan Starkey, Environmental Specialist, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Mines and Minerals Bureau
Ryan has been working for the Mines and Minerals Bureau for 7 years. During this time, his main duties have been meeting NEPA requirements, maintaining GIS database for AML, Emergency Subsidence, and regulating Iowa’s aggregate industry. Over the years he has integrated multiple variations of GIS applications to make field work more efficient.
Michael A. Stayrook, P.E., Mining Engineer Manager (Investigations Section Chief), Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection: Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation
Mike is a Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania. He manages the Investigations Section and the In-House Bituminous District (BD) Construction Crew of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation (PA DEP – BAMR) Cambria District Office. In addition, he is also an instructor of OSMRE’s National Technical Training Program (NTTP) for the Erosion and Sediment Control class. Mike graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown with a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering and a B.A. Degree in Environmental Studies. He has worked for PA DEP-BAMR for 5 years.
Mark Taylor, Environmental Services Manager, Sauls Seismic, LLC
Mark has over a decade experience in regulatory compliance within the mining industry. He was previously the environmental compliance manager for a mining company in the eastern Kentucky coalfields where he had the responsibility for overall environmental compliance from pre-mining through reclamation. Some of his responsibilities included: KPDES / NPDES administration, Managed the company’s KY Field Lab certification, which included helping to develop the Best Practices Manual for the company. Mark was also the USEPA NetDMR administrator for the company. In that capacity he has worked with state and federal regulators including: USEPA, Kentucky Division of Water, Kentucky Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement, United States Army Corps. Of Engineers, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Office of Surface Mine Reclamation and Enforcement and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He currently serves as the Environmental Services Manager for Sauls Seismic. Mark holds certifications as KY Surface Miner, KY Surface Mine Foreman, Certified MSHA Impoundment Inspector and as an MSHA Unlimited Instructor. Mark also served 23 years in the Kentucky Army National Guard as a Horizontal Construction Engineer.
Eugene (Gene) C. Trio, Mining Engineer Manager (Design Section Chief), PA Dept. Environmental Protection, Abandoned Mine Reclamation
Gene is a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania. He manages the Project Design Section of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation (PA DEP-BAMR) Cambria District Office. In addition, he is also an instructor for OSMRE’s National Technical Training Program (NTTP) for the AML Subsidence Control and AML Dangerous Highwall Workshop classes. Gene graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. Degree in Mining Engineering. He worked in the active Mining Industry for 2 years and has worked for PA DEP-BAMR in the abandoned mine land program for the past 31 years.
Jason Williams, Wildlife Biologist, Nevada Department of Wildlife
Jason Williams earned his Master’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has been a wildlife biologist in Nevada for 28 years, with the last 20 years spent working for the Nevada Department of Wildlife. Jason lives in Ely, Nevada, and has spent the majority his profession researching bats, including: characterizing cavernicolous roosting requirements, studying impacts to bats from abandoned mine reclamation programs and wind generation, and investigating bat migration patterns.
Jason Willis, CO AML Program Manager, Trout Unlimited Inc.
Jason’s full-time tenure with Trout Unlimited began in October 2012, where he began to focus on reclamation of mining impacted areas, stream channel morphology and river dynamics, soil and water chemistry, and project management/oversight. Over the years, he has taken on a larger range of projects in UT, ID, and WY in addition to CO work. These projects have allowed Jason to educate partners about the complex nature of AML cleanups from both technical and legal perspectives. With over 23,000 abandoned mine sites across Colorado, you can probably find him in the mountains trying to find the next cleanup site.
Mary Young, Defense-Related Uranium Mines (DRUM) Project Manager, Department of Energy, Office of Legacy Management (DOE-LM)
Mary Young has worked for the DRUM Program for five years four years on a field team as a contractor and one year as a project manager for DOE. She has a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Colorado Mesa University and will be graduating in December, 2021, from Colorado State University with a Masters in Natural Resource Stewardship with a focus in Ecological Restoration. As a new federal employee, Mary is enjoying the relationships and collaborative opportunities with other federal, state, and local agencies. When not working, Mary enjoys being outdoors, mountain biking, hiking, and observing wildlife and plants.