R2 – Restoration Recording: Measurement and evaluation strategies on a reclaimed surface mine

R2 – Restoration Recording: Measurement and evaluation strategies on a reclaimed surface mine



June 3 – 7 2024, Kentucky, USA


Few landscapes epitomize the impacts of human industrialization or the challenges of eco restoration better than a reclaimed surface coal mine.

Join us this June in the heart of Central Appalachia – “Coal Country”– as we learn the core principles and applications of measurement and evaluation strategies critical to effective monitoring of soil and water quality on a restoration site. Through a combination of expertly-led instruction, group activities, and applied field work, this workshop will provide the opportunity to learn essential restoration skills in an experiential and practical manner. Measurement and evaluation activities will be framed by ecotherapy-informed mind-body practices to deepen relationality to place, and support embodied presence in the technical work taking place at Renew Appalachia.

The five-day program also includes exploration of a reclaimed strip mine site, active restoration work, and interaction with other layers of the complex ecology, including the feral horse herds that roam these lands.

By the end of the week, you will have the confidence and skills to:

• Apply techniques and mimic natural processes to restore degraded ecosystems
• Use appropriate tools and methodologies to sense, monitor & evaluate the quality of ecosystems undergoing change
• Effectively cooperate with people of different expertise (including non-experts)
• Experience well-being through balancing head, heart and hands

This workshop is suitable for students in the environmental sector seeking to marry knowledge and learned skills with practical, field-based work, as well as early-stage ecosystem restoration practitioners interested in M&E skills and working with student/volunteer groups.

Accommodation is offered in shared canvas tents, with an outhouse, camp shower, and safe storage. The price includes three meals a day and training (with training materials provided) and excludes transport, clothing, and medical needs. Reach out to us if you would prefer indoor accommodations located nearby, which can be made available.

Participants may choose to extend their stay to explore local tourism opportunities, which can be arranged separately.


Health & Safety

Please familiarise yourself with Renew Appalachia’s Health & Safety Policy before signing up for this event.

Discover the region

Explore New River Gorge National Park one of the newest national parks in the US, located less than 1 hour away, near Beckley, West Virginia,

Visit some of the 46+ distilleries and other stops on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, located around 2 hours away in Lexington, and see why the area prides itself on this traditional spirit.

Discover Lilley Cornett Woods Appalachian Ecological Research Station, 554 acres of mixed mesophytic forest, 252 acres of which is designated as “old-growth” forest which has not undergone any manmade changes in 150 years. Located around 2 hours away in Hallie, Kentucky.

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