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June 1-2 — Gravel Mine to Green Space: A Workshop on Community Directed Approaches to Mining Reclamation and River Restoration Paonia, Colorado

from AIPG

The Western Slope Conservation Center invites community leaders and restoration professionals to attend a two day community river restoration and mining reclamation workshop on June 1-2. Many communities with mining legacies across the country are faced with major challenges of transitioning their local economies while also stewarding their lands and watersheds. Creative, community oriented reclamation can turn environmental liabilities into community centerpieces, generating valuable economic, environmental and recreational opportunities. The Paonia River Park in Paonia, Colorado, is a prime example of a successful and sustainable postmining reclamation project. Formerly an instream gravel mine, the Paonia River Park is now a fully functioning public access park with a boat ramp, beach and swimming holes, picnic areas, new trail network and ADA accessible features.

At this workshop, attendees will tour the river park, learn about the technical aspects of restoration, social impacts of the park, discuss WSCC's successes and lessons learned, explore creative funding techniques, network with fellow practitioners and community leaders from mining regions and leave with an overall sense of what it means to undergo a community directed reclamation project. Stay for our 17th annual Float Fest on June 3 and tour the improvements along the North Fork of the Gunnison River. more

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