Third annual Reclamation workshop set for Feb. 23-24 in Dickinson

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Dickinson State University, North Dakota State University, the Society for Range Management and BKS Environmental Associates Inc. will host “Reclamation: Putting the Pieces Together” on Feb. 23-24 at the Astoria Hotel and Event Center in Dickinson.

The workshop is designed to provide timely, effective reclamation information to affected stakeholders in the Bakken energy development area, according to Abbey Wick, NDSU Extension Service soil health assistant professor.

Doug Goehring, North Dakota agriculture commissioner, will be the keynote speaker to start the workshop on the evening of Feb. 23. Goehring will talk about oil development from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture’s perspective.

Vendors will present their services and/or products in a trade show atmosphere. Registration begins at 3 p.m. on Feb. 23, with the trade show opening at 5 p.m. Goehring will speak at 6:30 p.m.

Second-day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Access may be through the east doors of the hotel. The workshop will have two major sessions beginning at 8:10 a.m. on Feb. 24. The morning session will highlight seeding, while spill remediation will highlight the afternoon session.

Topics and speakers for the seeding session are:

Agency requirements – Mike D. Brand, North Dakota Department of Trust Lands

Seed selection – Wayne Duckwitz, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service Mandan Plant Materials Center

Soils and ecological site information to design seeding mixtures – Jeff Printz and Hal Weiser, Natural Resources Conservation Service

Successful oil and gas reclamation and infrastructure construction – Kevin Sedivec, NDSU Extension Service

Recovery of the soil microbial community – Pete Stahl, University of Wyoming

Noxious and ephemeral weeds – Jane Mangold, Montana State University

Shrub establishment – Matt Rinella, USDA-ARS, Fort Keogh, Mont.

Topics and speakers for the spill remediation session are:

Development of regulatory standards – Dave Glatt, North Dakota Department of Health

Spill challenges and emergency response – Josh Clifford, Qualitech

Approaches to remediating impacted soils – Jeff Baker, Tesoro

In situ remediation of brine spills – Mike Ulmer, Prairie Soils Consulting

Reclamation approaches following soil replacement – Wick and Tom DeSutter, NDSU

Panel discussion

The registration fee is $75 if paid by Feb. 14 and $95 at the door. For more information, go to or contact Toby Stroh at (701) 483-2185 or, or Brenda Schladweiler at (307) 686-0800 or