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Mine-Scarred Lands Initiative Tool Kit: Developing and Implementing Project Plans

Many of the MSL Initiative communities developed project plans that recorded their reuse goals and outlined associated tasks, timelines and expected project costs. In some cases they described how the outlined tasks would be implemented. For example, some project teams decided to break into committees by type of activity (e.g., advisory, fundraising, community engagement, and technical).

The Beatty Area Renewable Energy Action Plan (PDF) (1.3 MB, 23 pp, About PDF) is a detailed plan that describes the steps necessary to engage stakeholders and partners, obtain funding, and conduct a feasibility study on renewable energy opportunities. It outlines specific roles and responsibilities, an expected timeline of activities, and projected costs. The Stone Creek Work Plan (PDF) (98 K, 2 pp, About PDF) is a less detailed plan, but provides an overview of project activities such as assessment, acquisition, cleanup and redevelopment.

Using Maps and Charts to Describe the Project:
The Kelly’s Creek Flow Chart of Project Activities (PDF) (118 K, 2 pp, About PDF) is an example of how a flow chart can show how project activities fit together and highlight decision points. This guide helps to measure progress and maintain motivation over the long time it often takes to complete a mine revitalization project. The San Juan County Animas River Corridor Silverton Concept Plan (PDF) (126 K, 1 p, About PDF) and Eureka Townsite Revitalization Concept Plan (PDF) (116 K, 1 p, About PDF) are examples of visual concept plans that show what the project may look like in the future.


Appalachian Regional Commission Online Resource Center
ARC provides resources for community strategic planning.

EPA Green Communities
Through a 5-step planning process, provides tools and information to help a community help itself become more sustainable. An action planning process is included in the “How Do We Get Their” section.

National Park Service River, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program Community Tool Box
This resource outlines tried and true public participation methods RTCA has learned from the communities where it work works.


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