SURFACE MINE RECLAMATION SETTINGS: FACILITATING LANDSCAPE PLANNING, DESIGN, AND MANAGEMENT EDUCATION
English

Paul E. Nieratko, Jon Bryan Burley
2003 Journal American Society of Mining and Reclamation  
Landscape planning, design, and management educators are interested in assigning educational studio projects which facilitate the development of students to create meaningful environments. We have employed the use of surface mines in Minnesota, Colorado, and Michigan for educational purposes for a combined total of eighteen years and we believe that they make excellent projects at the university level in the studio classroom. Surface mine projects are valued environments to teach students about
more » ... each students about housing, wildlife and fisheries, city centers, agriculture, forestry, recreation, multiple land-use planning and design, design development, and site design because the landscape is completely altered and can become something different in the post-mining land-use phase. In addition, we apply the principles developed by Ken Schellie that surface mining is a transitional land-use, promote simultaneous excavation and rehabilitation, encourage the use of mining operations to create land for post-mining land-uses, suggest that the post-mining land can be more valuable than the pre-mining landscape, encourage the search for integrating multiple post-mining land-uses, and indicate that surface mine planning results in fewer delays, efficient mining, and increased profits. We would like to share these projects with the meeting attendees.
doi:10.21000/jasmr03010900 fatcat:ihi76f3oavf3lpvlxf6tkjmgqy