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GSC Students Help Complete Reclamation Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2012

For more information:
Bob Edwards
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462-7361ext. 6390

Glenville, WV—Students and faculty from the Glenville State College Land Resources Department have recently helped complete a reclamation project in Barbour County, West Virginia.

The GSC Land Resource Department partnered with Pope LLC, an excavating company from Camden, West Virginia, to reclaim and restore a wetland area near Philippi, West Virginia. Pope LLC was contracted by CNX Gas, a subsidiary of CONSOL Energy Incorporated, to reclaim the property. CONSOL Energy is a leader in the natural gas industry and one of the largest independent natural gas exploration, development, and production companies in the United States.

Bob Pope, owner of Pope LLC, approached GSC about the possibility of getting students involved in the project. Pope had developed a relationship with the GSC Land Resources Department faculty through his participation in their annual golf outing. “I thought that it would be a great learning experience for students in the natural resource management classes to get some actual hands-on experience in the field, and their help certainly was beneficial to Pope LLC completing the project,” said Bob Pope.

The GSC Land Resources Department received a $2,000 donation from Pope LLC. Pictured left to right: GSC Professor of Natural Resource Management and Department Chair Dr. Milan Vavrek, GSC Academic Laboratory Instructional Assistant Tom Snyder, Bob Pope, owner of Pope LLC, GSC seniors Justin Sumpter, Dustin Reed, and Chris Rogers.

Twenty-three GSC students along with GSC Professor of Natural Resource Management and Department Chair Dr. Milan Vavrek and GSC Academic Laboratory Instructional Assistant Tom Snyder, planted over one thousand native trees and shrubs at the site. Prior to their participation, the GSC students received health and safety training provided by CONSOL Energy. They were also required to wear protective boots, gloves and hardhats that were provided by Pope LLC. The students were allowed to keep this equipment after the work was completed.

“Working on this project was a great learning exercise for us. It allowed us to use some of the techniques that we have been learning about in the classroom. The program here at GSC really prepares us for what we will be doing when we enter the workforce,” said Justin Sumpter, a senior Natural Resource Management major from Pricetown in Lewis County, West Virginia.

To reward the hard work of the GSC students and faculty, Bob Pope and Pope LLC have donated $2,000 to the GSC Land Resources Department. “We are extremely grateful for Pope’s generous donation to the department. We will put the money to good use to purchase equipment that we need to ensure that our students are the best trained in the field. We are also thankful for the opportunity that this project presented to let the students get their hands dirty and incorporate what they have learned from lectures and books into an actual live exercise,” said Tom Snyder.

To learn more about the Glenville State College Natural Resource Management program, contact Vavrek at or (304) 462-6375.

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