Call for Technical Presentations for Reclaiming the Sierra conference agenda

The Sierra Fund is now accepting submissions of technical presentation topics for the agenda of Reclaiming the Sierra: Green $olutions to Abandoned Mines. Please assist by circulating the call for presentations flyer.

Selected presenters will make a half-hour presentation to a technical audience, scheduled on Thursday, May 3, 2012. Abstracts are sought on a variety of environmental science, human health and public policy topics related to abandoned mine lands in California.

Deadline for abstracts: March 21, 2012

Selected presenters will be notified by April 9, and final PowerPoint presentations will be due April 25.

Submission Instructions

Submit abstracts to The Sierra Fund Science Director, Dr. Carrie Monohan,, and title the email “Reclaiming the Sierra Presentation Abstract – LAST NAME.” For questions about technical presentations call Dr. Monohan at (530) 265-8454 ext 14; for questions about conference details contact Kerry Morse, ext 13.


Potential presentation topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Legacy mining toxins including arsenic, lead, asbestos and mercury
  • Mining impacts on water quality, ecosystems, wildlife and habitat
  • Research on remediation technologies
  • Fate and transport of mining toxins
  • Environmentally and socially responsible mining
  • Community engagement case studies and successful techniques
  • Environmental health impacts of legacy mining toxins
  • Public health awareness of mining related exposures
  • Policy needs and strategies related to mercury, or mine remediation
  • Cultural impacts of historic mining and ongoing presence of toxins
  • Physical hazards, mine closures and at risk groups
  • Developing market incentives for responsibly mined materials
  • Potential for re-mining to clean up abandoned mine lands (AML) sites
  • Green energy potential at AML sites
  • Regulatory issues, barriers, or successes