Award-winning Work in New Mexico

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Lake Valley Mine Safeguard Projects

The compilation of four mine safeguarding projects at Lake Valley won the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's National Award in 2015.

   

Harding Pegmatite Mine Safeguard Project

The Harding Pegmatite Mine Safeguard Project won the National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs Small Project Award in 2013.
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NAAMLP Award 2013
   
AML staff posing with the award

Yankee-Vukonich Coal Reclamation Project

The Yankee-Vukonich Coal Reclamation Project won the U.S. Office of Surface Mining's Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation National Award (Category II) in 2008. 
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Real de Dolores Mine Safeguard Project

The Real de Dolores Mine Safeguard Project won the U.S. Office of Surface Mining's Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation National Award in 2007.

John Kretzmann accepting the 2007 National Reclamation Award from OSM Director Brent Wahlquist
AML staff receiving an award from OSM for the Cerrillos Hills Mine Safeguard Project

Cerrillos South Mine Safeguarding Project

The Cerrillos South Mine Safeguarding Project won the U.S. Office of Surface Mining's Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Western Regional Award in 2004.

The Cerrillos Mining District is one of the oldest in the country.

Sugarite Coal Mine Reclamation Project

The Sugarite Gob Reclamation Project won both the U.S. Office of Surface Mining's Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Western Regional Award and People's Choice Award in 2002.   Summary and Photographs

The steep slopes on which these coal gob piles were located made this a challenging reclamation project.

AML staff receiving an award from OSM for the Sugarite Canyon Mine Reclamation Project

Socorro West Mine Safeguarding Project

The Socorro West Mine Safeguarding Project won the U.S. Office of Surface Mining's Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Western Regional Award in 1999.

Located outside Socorro, New Mexico this project reclaimed 24 abandoned mine shafts, adits, and stope openings while preserving a highly significant bat habitat in the mine workings. Because the mine workings were home to a large population of bats, gates were constructed that allow ventilation and bat entry; but, keep people safely out. The hibernating populations of Townsend's big-eared bats have increased steadily since the mine features were protected with bat-compatible closures. The recovery of the bat populations at this abandoned mine site is a direct result of the well designed bat compatible closures applied to the mine openings.

Gage Mine Safeguarding Project

The Gage Mine Safeguarding Project won the U.S. Office of Surface Mining's Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation National Award in 1994. The Gage Mining district is located in southwestern New Mexico.

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