The TIPS program has forged productive working relationships with numerous groups over the past 27 years. Organizations such as National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs (NAAMLP), Western Interstate Energy Board (WEIB) and Interstate Mining Compact Commission (IMCC) jointly sponsor conferences and forums on important SMCRA topics each year to keep state, tribal, and OSMRE staff up to date on the latest information and technology in their fields.
For example, NAAMLP, WIEB, and IMCC joined TIPS in sponsoring the second geospatial conference, "Incorporating Geospatial Technologies into SMCRA Business Processes" in 2008. The conference was a recognized success, due to participation from SMCRA personnel, the coal industry, and software and hardware vendors. Representatives from various organizations continue to bring new and innovative concepts to OSMRE with respect to application of recent technological advancements. Partnerships with our affiliates are just one way TIPS is able to successfully reach the SMCRA community.
National Association of Abandoned Mine Lands Programs (NAAMLP) is a nationwide organization with representatives from every coal producing state. Its mission is to provide a forum for regulatory review and technology transfer with respect to abandoned mine land reclamation. The NAAMLP website is at: http://www.naamlp.net
The Interstate Mining Compact Commission (IMCC) is a nationwide organization that provides a forum for the regulatory and environmental concerns faced by the mineral extraction industries in the IMCC member states. The IMCC website is at: http://www.imcc.isa.us
The Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB) is an association of 12 Western U.S. states and 3 Canadian provinces that promotes cooperative efforts among member states/provinces and with the federal government in the energy field.. The Board achieves their purpose through the cooperative effort of member states with a mission statement to “enhance the economy of the West and contribute to the well-being of the region's people. The WIEB website is: http://westernenergyboard.org