Register now for the AML Policy Priorities Group’s In-Person Meeting


Hello from the AML Research and Action Team!

We have officially launched registration for our in-person meeting, October 27th at the Breaks Interstate Park.

What can you expect at this meeting?

  • An opportunity for interested community groups across Appalachia and beyond to come together to cross collaborate and cross pollinate knowledge about the Abandoned Mine Lands Fund.
  • Presentation of the whitepaper by Appalachian Transition Fellows Eric Dixon and Kendall Bilbrey.
  • Strategy building and identification of campaign avenues or opportunities.
  • A diverse group of people working towards an effective use of Abandoned Mine Lands dollars to improve communities.

Who Will Be at this Meeting?

  • Impacted community members
  • Organizers and Activists
  • Representative from community groups and organizations
  • Scholars
  • Policy experts
  • Lobbyists
  • Potentially AML experts from outside Central Appalachia to share their successes and knowledge


  • Date: October 27th, 10am-4pm
  • Location: Breaks Interstate Park
  • Lodging: Breaks Interstate Park Lodge OR camping at Breaks
  • Meals: catered by Breaks Restaurant
  • We have some funds to assist in travel costs

Register here by October 13th to guarantee your spot!

Please contact with any questions, or by cell at (276) 620-9264

The Alliance’s Fellow in Yes! Magazine


Photo by Cat Moore on Appalachian Fellows Flickr

Photo by Cat Moore on Appalachian Fellows Flickr

This powerful article in Yes! Magazine profiles the amazing people participating in the Appalachian Transition Fellowship. It is a great summary of this ambitious program and the incredible group of leaders that are participating.

The Alliance for Appalachia is honored to be working with Kendall Bilbrey, who we introduced in our July Newsletter.

Currently Kendall’s work is focusing on the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Program with another fellow, Eric Dixon with the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center. In this collaboration, Eric is taking the lead on the research, and Kendall is steering the outreach, engagement, and coordination of events and meetings.

To view a current summary of their findings, you can view a powerpoint that covers the history and current state of the AML program. We’re excited to see what comes next from these promising new Appalachian leaders!