crested butte is home podcast episode 12 tara tafi mine reclamation in colorado

Ep. 12 Tara Tafi | Mine Reclamation

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Hailing from Pennsylvania, Tara Tafi moved west to study at Colorado State University, and later, Montana State University, eventually putting down roots in Crested Butte.  Today, she works for the state of Colorado, travelling to mines across the western half of the state, developing plans for their reclamation. Colorado is a state born from mining, and Crested Butte is a former coal mining town as well (not a hard rock mining town like Telluride or Aspen, which is why we’ve always been different- even today).  So many of the roads and trails that we all hike, bike, and drive on owe their existence to the old mining days.  Those mines, however, were largely abandoned and Tara is the one who helps make them safer- which may mean simply closing an open mine shaft, or mitigating acid water drainage.  If you want a better understanding of Crested Butte’s history and future, not to mention mines across the Western Slope, give this episode a listen.

Want to learn more about mining in Colorado?:

Colorado State Mining Website

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Ep. 12 Tara Tafi | Mine Reclamation
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Ep. 12 Tara Tafi | Mine Reclamation
Crested Butte is Home Podcast Episode 12: Tara Tafi discusses mine reclamation here in Crested Butte, and throughout the western slope of Colorado. Tara fills us in on the different types of reclamation processes, how they identify projects, and discusses some local projects as well!