About Us

Overview

Title IV of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) established the national Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation Program under the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), U.S. Department of the Interior. The program was developed to reclaim land and water resources adversely affected by past coal mining and left abandoned or inadequately restored. SMCRA levied fees on active coal mining to pay the reclamation costs. Collected fees are deposited in the AML Fund. Once the national program had been established, Congress authorized states and tribes to implement their own programs. The programs are funded through grants from OSMRE, which receives funding from the AML Fund through the regular congressional budget and appropriations process.


As the programs developed, the states/tribes realized it would be beneficial to join together to accomplish common goals and objectives related to the reclamation of abandoned mine lands. Also, cooperation, coordination, and communication between the states/tribes and the federal government needed to be improved. In March 1983 the states/tribes met in St. Louis, Missouri, and organized an informal association.


The states and tribes voted to formalize the Association and by-laws were adopted January 27, 1993. The National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs was registered as a nonprofit corporation on January 4, 1995, in Cheyenne, Wyoming.


The mission of the Association is as follows:

  • To provide a forum to address current issues, discuss common problems, and share new technologies regarding the reclamation of abandoned mine lands.
  • To foster positive and productive relationships between the states and tribes represented by the Association and the federal government.
  • To serve as an effective, unified voice when presenting states/tribes common viewpoints.
  • To coordinate, cooperate, and communicate with the Interstate Mining Compact Commission, Western Interstate Energy Board, and all other organizations dedicated to the wise use and restoration of our natural resources.

Membership is open to any state or tribe; individual memberships are not offered. Voting is limited to one vote per member. Members that do not have OSMRE-funded reclamation activities within their geographic boundaries will be required to abstain from voting on OSMRE grant or SMCRA-related issues. The voting membership is comprised of 23 states and 3 tribes.


The officers of the Association are the president, vice president, and secretary/treasurer. The officers are elected by the members for a one-year term and are limited to two consecutive terms in the same office.


Each year a conference, with a business session and technical/administrative sessions, is held, generally in the early fall. It is hosted by a member state/tribe on a rotating basis. A two-day business meeting usually is held during the winter and is also hosted by a member state/tribe.


The goals and objectives of the Association are as follows:

  • To maintain adequate, stable, and predictable funding for state/tribal reclamation programs.
  • To monitor OSMRE administration of state and federal reclamation programs.
  • To act as a clearinghouse on congressional and other federal actions affecting state/tribal programs to maximize the educational awareness and knowledge base of each member.
  • To take an active leadership role in the development of program and new regulations that benefit the membership.
  • To participate in and monitor Research and Development programs to assure funding of projects with the greatest value to state/tribal programs.


Current Officers

President - Travis Parsons, West Virginia

Vice President - Susan Kozak, Iowa

Secretary/Treasurer - Jeff Graves, Colorado


Past Officers

Year Elected
President
Vice President
Secreatry/Treasurer
2018 Autumn Coleman, MT Travis Parsons, WV Susan Kozak, IA
2017 Robert Scott, KY Autumn Coleman, MT Travis Parsons, WV
2016 Justin Ireys, AK Robert Scott, KY Autumn Coleman, MT
2015 Chuck Williams - AL Justin Ireys - AK Robert Scott - KY
2014 Eric Cavazza - PA Chuck Williams - AL Justin Ireys - AK
2013 Bruce Stover - CO Eric Cavazza - PA Chuck Williams - AL
2012 Todd Coffelt - IA Bruce Stover - CO Eric Cavazza - PA
2011 Madeline Roanhorse - Navajo Nation Todd Coffelt - IA Bruce Stover - CO
2010 Mike Garner - MD Madeline Roanhorse - Navajo Nation Todd Coffelt - IA
2009 Mike Garner - MD Madeline Roanhorse - Navajo Nation Todd Coffelt - IA
2008 Steve Herbert - IN Mike Garner - MD Madeline Roanhorse - Navajo Nation
2007 Loretta Pineda - CO Steve Herbert - IN Mike Garner - MD
2006 John Husted - OH Loretta Pineda - CO Steve Herbert - IN
2005 Mark Mesch - UT John Husted - OH Loretta Pineda - CO
2004 Steve Hohmann - KY Mark Mesch - UT Loretta Pineda - CO
2003 Steve Hohmann - KY Mark Mesch - UT Walter Cartwright - AL
2002 Murray Balk - KS Steve Hohmann - KY Mark Mesch - UT
2001 Bill Guyette - AL Murray Balk - KS Steve Hohmann - KY
2000 Pat Park - WV Bill Guyette - AL Murray Balk - KS
1999 Pat Park - WV Bill Guyette - AL Murray Balk - KS
1998 Bob Evetts - NM Mark Rhodes - TX John Husted - OH
1997 Ernie Giovannitti - PA Bob Evetts - NM John Husted - OH
1996 Stan Barnard - WY Ernie Giovannitti - PA Mike Kastl - OK
1995 Vic Andersen - MT Stan Barnard - WY Mike Kastl - OK
1994 Paul Rothman - KY Vic Anderson - MT Stan Barnard - WY
1993 Tim Hickmann - IL Paul Rothman - KY Stan Barnard - WY
1992 Dave Hogeman - PA Tim Hickmann- IL n/a
1991 Dan Schuette - MO Tim Hickmann - IL n/a
1990 Dave Bucknam - CO Dan Schuette - MO n/a
1989 Mary Ann Wright - UT Dave Bucknam - CO n/a
1988 Roger Williams - VA Mary Ann Wright - UT n/a
1987 Bob Baker - OH Roger Williams - VA n/a
1986 Gary Beach - WY Bob Baker - OH n/a
1985 Mike Kastl - OK Dave Hogeman - PA n/a
1984 Sue Massie - IL Mike Kastl - OK n/a
1983 David Holm - CO Sue Massie - IL n/a
1982 Dave Rosenbaum - KY Robert Clark - MO n/a

Contacts

Member states and tribes contact information

Card image cap Alabama

Dustin Morin, AML Supervisor
Alabama Department of Labor
Inspections Division
4351 Crescent Road
Irondale, Alabama 35210
205-945-8671
205-945-8685
dustin.morin@labor.alabama.gov
ALTERNATE: Jeff Butler
205-945-8671
jeffrey.butler@labor.alabama.gov

http://labor.alabama.gov/Inspections/Mining

Last updated August 21, 2018

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Justin Ireys, AML Program Manager
Division of Mining, Land and Water
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
550 W. 7th Ave., Suite 920
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
907-269-8603
907-269-8930
justin.ireys@alaska.gov
ALTERNATE: Regan Brudie
907-269-8553
regan.brudie@alaska.gov

www.dnr.state.ak.us/mlw/mining/aml

Last updated December 10, 2019

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Laurie Swatzbaugh, Deputy Director
Arizona State Mine Inspector
1700 W. Washington Street, Suite 400
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
602-542-5971
602-542-5335
lswartzbaugh@asmi.az.gov

www.asmi.az.gov

Last updated August 21, 2018

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Jarrod Zweifel, Technical Branch Manager
Office of Land Resources
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
5301 Northshore Drive
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72118-5317
501-682-0990
501-683-0880
zweifel@adeq.state.ar.us
ALTERNATE: Clark McWilliams
501-682-0510
mcwilliamsc@adeq.state.ar.us

www.adeq.state.ar.us/mining/default.htm

Last updated January 8, 2021

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Cy Oggins
Abandoned Mine Lands Program
California Department of Conservation
801 K Street, MS 09-06
Sacramento, California 95814
916-445-9408
916-445-6066
DMR@consrv.ca.gov
ALTERNATE: Sarah Reeves
sarah.reeves@conservation.ca.gov

https://www.conservation.ca.gov/dmr/abandoned_mine_lands

Last updated March 15, 2019

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Jeff Graves, Director (NAAMLP Vice President)
Inactive Mine Reclamation Program
Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety
Department of Natural Resources
1313 Sherman Street, Room 215
Denver, Colorado 80203
303-866-3567 ext. 8122
303-832-8106
jeff.graves@state.co.us
ALTERNATE: Tara Tafi
197 Teocalli Rd. Unit B
Crested Butte, CO 81224
720-425-4122
tara.tafi@state.co.us

http://mining.state.co.us/Pages/Home.aspx

Last updated January 8, 2021

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Marvin Fallsdown, Sr., AML Director
P.O. Box 460
Crow Agency, Montana 59022
406-638-2145 ext. 229
406-638-2151
marvin.fallsdownsr@crow-nsn.gov

http://www.crow-nsn.gov/natural-resources-directory.html

Last updated January 8, 2021

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Keith Pahovama, Sr., Manager
Hopi AML Program
P.O. Box 123
Kykotsmovi, Arizona 86039
928-734-7145
928-734-7148
Kpahovama@hopi.nsn.us

https://www.hopi-nsn.gov/tribal-services/department-natural-resources-2/

Last updated December 10, 2019

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Eric Wilson, Bureau Chief
Resource Protection and Assistance Bureau,
Idaho Department of Lands
300 N. 6th Street, Suite 103
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0050
208-334-0261
ewilson@idl.idaho.gov

https://www.idl.idaho.gov/mining/abandoned-mines/index.html

Last updated January 1, 2021

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Rita Lee, Manager
Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Division
Office of Mines and Minerals
Department of Natural Resources
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, Illinois 62702-1271
217-785-0398
217-524-4819
rita.lee@illinois.gov
ALTERNATE: Bryan Johnsrud
217-494-8353
bryan.johnsrud@illinois.gov

https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/mines/Pages/default.aspx

Last updated January 8, 2021

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Steve Weinzapfel, Director
Division of Reclamation
Department of Natural Resources
14619 West State Road 48
Jasonville, Indiana 47438
812-665-2207
812-665-5041
sweinzapfel@dnr.in.gov

www.in.gov/dnr/reclamation

Last updated January 8, 2021

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Vince Sitzmann, Bureau Chief
Soil Conservation and Water Quality
Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
502 E. 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
515-281-6147
515-281-6170
vince.sitzmann@iowaagriculture.gov
ALTERNATE: Susan Kozak (NAAMLP President)
515-281-7043
susan.kozak@iowaagriculture.gov

www.iowaagriculture.gov/minesandminerals.asp

Last updated January 8, 2021

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Marlene Spence
Surface Mining Unit
Department of Health and Environment
4033 Parkview Drive
Frontenac, Kansas 66763
620-231-8540
620-231-0753
Marlene.Spence@ks.gov

www.kdheks.gov/mining/

Last updated August 21, 2018

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Robert F. Scott, Director
Division of Abandoned Mine Lands
Department of Natural Resources
300 Sower Blvd.
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
502-782-6761
502-564-6544
BobF.Scott@ky.gov

http://aml.ky.gov/Pages/AML.aspx

Last updated August 21, 2018

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Abby Alkire, PhD, Geologist Supervisor
Office of Conservation
Injection and Mining Division
Surface Mining Section
617 N. Third Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
225-342-5588
225-242-3349
Abby.Alkire@la.gov

http://dnr.louisiana.gov/

Last updated December 10, 2019

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Michael Garner, Chief
Abandoned Mine Lands Division,
Maryland Mining Program
Maryland Department of the Environment
160 South Water Street
Frostburg, Maryland 21532-2145
301-689-1460
301-689-6544
mike.garner@maryland.gov
ALTERNATE: Tim Miller
301-689-1465
tim.miller@maryland.gov

https://mde.maryland.gov/programs/LAND/mining/Pages/AbandonedMineLandsUnit.aspx

Last updated August 21, 2018

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Teague Duncan, Director
Coal Mining Division
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 2279
Jackson, Mississippi 39225-2279
601-961-5519
601-961-5521
tduncan@mdeq.ms.gov

www.deq.state.ms.us/MDEQ.nsf/page/Geology_mining_and_reclamation

Last updated December 10, 2019

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Larry Lehman, Director
Land Reclamation Program
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102
573-751-4041
573-751-0534
larry.lehman@dnr.mo.gov
ALTERNATE: Mike Mueller
573-751-4041
mike.mueller@dnr.mo.gov

www.dnr.mo.gov/env/lrp/index.html

Last updated August 21, 2018

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Bill Snoddy, Project Manager
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 200901
Helena, Montana 59620-0901
406-444-6458
bsnoddy@mt.gov
ALTERNATE: Autumn Coleman
406-444-6687
autumn.coleman@mt.gov

http://deq.mt.gov/DEQAdmin/AEM

Last updated August 21, 2018

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Raymond Tsingine, Program Manager II
Navajo AML Reclamation/UMTRA Department
Tuba City, Arizona
928-283-3188
rtsingine@navajo-nsn.govv
ALTERNATE: Rose Grey
rgrey@navajo-nsn.gov

http://www.aml.navajo-nsn.gov/

Last updated January 8, 2021

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Robert Ghiglieri, Chief
Abandoned Mine Lands Program
Nevada Division of Minerals
400 West King Street, Suite 106
Carson City, Nevada 89703
775-684-7048
775-684-7052
rghiglieri@minerals.nv.gov
ALTERNATE: Jeryl Gardner,AML Program Coordinator
Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
775-687-9484
jgardner@ndep.nv.gov

http://minerals.nv.gov/Programs/AML/

Last updated August 21, 2018

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Mike Tompson, Program Manager
Abandoned Mine Land Program
Mining and Minerals Division
New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department
1220 S St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
505-476-3427
505-476-3402
mike.tompson@state.nm.us
ALTERNATE: Lloyd Moiola
505-476-3429
Lloyd.moiola@state.nm.us

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/MMD/AML/amlmain.html

Last updated October 30, 2018

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Dean Moos, Director
Reclamation and Abandoned Mine Lands Divisions
Public Service Commission
600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 408
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0480
701-328-4099
701-328-2133
dmoos@nd.gov
ALTERNATE: Joan Breiner
701-328-2412
jobreiner@nd.gov

http://www.psc.nd.gov/jurisdiction/aml/index.php

Last updated August 21, 2018

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Ben McCament, AML Program Administrator (NAAMLP Secretary-Treasurer)
Division of Mineral Resources Management
Department of Natural Resources
29371 Wheelabout Road
McArthur, Ohio 45651
740-274-4947
614-265-7999
benny.mccament@dnr.state.oh.us
ALTERNATE: Mike Bowden,
614-265-6790
michael.bowden@dnr.state.oh.us

www.dnr.state.oh.us/mineral/aml/tabid/10422/Default.aspx

Last updated December 10, 2019

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Robert Toole, AML Program Director
Okalahoma Conservation Commission
2800 N. Lincoln Blvd., Suite 200
Oklahoma City, Okalahoma 73105
405-834-2560 or 405-521-4818
405-521-6686
robert.toole@conservation.ok.gov
ALTERNATE: Mike Sharp, AML Program Assistant Director
405-521-4813
mike.sharp@conservation.ok.gov
ALTERNATE: Dianne Ireton, AML Program Assistant Director
405-521-4817
dianne.ireton@conservation.ok.gov

www.ok.gov/conservation/Agency_Divisions/Abandoned_Mine_Land_Reclamation_Division/index.html

Last updated August 21, 2018

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Brian Bradley, Director
Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
P.O. Box 69205
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17106-9205
717-783-0378
717-783-7442
brbradley@pa.gov
ALTERNATE: John Sefanko,
717-772-1856
jstefanko@pa.gov

http://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Land/Mining/AbandonedMineReclamation

Last updated August 21, 2018

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Trevor Martin, Program Manager
Land Reclamation Section
Division of Water Resources
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
3711 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, Tennessee 37921-6538
865-594-5603
865-594-6105
trevor.martin@tn.gov

https://www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/wr-water-resources/mining-information---permits.html

Last updated August 21, 2018

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Joseph Parks, AML Manager
Railroad Commission of Texas
P.O. Box 12967 Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711-2967
512-305-8827
512-463-6709
joseph.parks@rrc.texas.gov
ALTERNATE: Alexander Schoch
512-305-8840
alex.schoch@rrc.texas.gov

http://www.rrc.state.tx.us/mining-exploration/programs/abandoned-mine-land-program

Last updated December 10, 2019

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Steve Fluke, AML Program Manager
Utah Department of Natural Resources
Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining
PO Box 145801
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-5801
801-538-5259
stevefluke@utah.gov
ALTERNATE: Dana Dean, Deputy Director - Mining
801-538-5320
danadean@utah.gov

https://www.ogm.utah.gov/amr/index.php

Last updated December 10, 2019

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Lesa C. Baker,AML Project Coordinator
Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy
P.O. Drawer 900
Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219
276-523-8216
276-523-8247
lesa.baker@dmme.virginia.gov
ALTERNATE: Clara Harris,
276-523-8110
clara.harris@dmme.virginia.gov

http://www.dmme.virginia.gov

Last updated December 10, 2019

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Travis Parsons, Planning Administrator
Office of Abandoned Mine Lands
West Virginia Deptartment of Environmental Protection
601 57th Steet, SE
Charleston, West Virginia 25304
304-926-0499 Ext. 1670
304-926-0458
travis.g.parsons@wv.gov
ALTERNATE: Mike Sheehan, Deputy Director of DLR
304-926-0499 ext. 1670 or Mobile: 304-926-4317
michael.s.sheehan@wv.gov

https://dep.wv.gov/dlr/aml/Pages/default.aspx

Last updated December 10, 2019

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David C. Pendleton, PE, Program Manager
Abandoned Mine Lands
Department of Environmental Quality
510 Meadow View Dr.
Lander, Wyoming 82002
307-335-6945
david.pendleton@wyo.gov

http://deq.wyoming.gov/aml/

Last updated January 8, 2020