Mine-Scarred Lands Initiative Tool Kit: Project Examples and Resources Related to Creating a Vision for Revitalization
Tool Kit Links
Understanding Community Assets and Needs through a Formal Interview Process
Representatives of the MSL Initiative visited each of the six demonstration project communities to tour the mine-scarred land properties and meet with other federal and state partners and community members. MSL Initiative representatives gathered information on community background, previous revitalization efforts, visions for revitalization, and challenges to achieving these goals. They developed a "Reuse Inventory Report" to share information for each project. The Stone Creek Tipple Site Reuse Inventory Report (PDF) (258 K, 14 pp, About PDF) provides an example of the scope and content of these reports. These reports were helpful in determining next steps for each project and engaging new partners, especially federal partners.
EPA Green Communities
Through a 5-step planning process, this resource provides tools and information to help a community help itself become more sustainable. The process includes a community assessment to help identify the current state of the community.
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.
Appalachian Regional Commission Online Resource Center
ARC provides resources for community strategic planning, including understanding a communitys assets and needs.