OSMRE / VISTA Team

About Us

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Volunteers in Service to America (OSMRE/VISTAs) are college-educated men and women completing a year of national service in communities impacted by legacy mining.

THE MISSION OF OSMRE/VISTA IS TO SUPPORT RURAL MINING COMMUNITIES IN MAKING THEIR COMMUNITIES HEALTHIER PLACES TO LIVE AND WORK.

OSMRE/VISTA is a partnership between AmeriCorps*VISTA, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), and local nonprofit groups.

The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE)'s mission is to carry out the requirements of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) in cooperation with States and Tribes.

AmeriCorps*VISTA taps the skills, talents, and passion of more than 8,000 Americans annually to support community efforts to overcome poverty.

OSMRE/VISTAs serve as a part of BRIDGE Network, a program of Conservation Legacy.

Placed in their community for one full year, OSMRE/VISTAs serve to

  • build capacity,
  • restore environments,
  • innovate solutions,
  • develop opportunities,
  • grow support, and
  • empower leaders.

The history of OSMRE/VISTA began with the Appalachian Coal Country Watershed Team (ACCWT)

Team Awards

Environmental Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2011

Department of the Interior Partner in Conservation Award in 2011

Department of the Interior Partner in Conservation Award in 2009

Governmental Partner of the Year by the National Summit of Mining Communities in 2006

Environmental Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2004