Vegetation Management for Successful Habitat Enhancement and Reclamation of Disturbed Lands

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Designing and installing the vegetative component of restoration and reclamation projects requires a comprehensive understanding of existing conditions, site potentials, and desired future conditions. The basic principles of soil health and amendment, plant species selection, invasive species control, and erosion and sediment control will be addressed. Examples of techniques used in modern restoration and reclamation projects will be represented and discussed. For this presentation an emphasis will be placed on the revegetation of mine slopes, streambanks, and emergent wetlands.

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John Whittingham has been engaged in land rehabilitation and restoration projects for over twenty-five years. He is a graduate of the University of Montana and achieved a Master of Science degree at Montana State University. Mr. Whittingham served as a hydrogeologist technician (MDNRC), as a hydrologist technician (USDA USFS), and as a hydrologist and hazardous materials specialist (USDOI BLM). He is nationally certified as a Professional Wetland Scientist, a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control, HazWoper, and MSHA; and holds 4 professional licenses with the MDA. Mr. Whittingham is co-owner of Basic Biological Services LLC. Montana.