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Mining & Minerals


The BLM California mineral program is liable for adjudicative 
duties associated with federal mining claims, minerals surveys 
and patents, validation of tittle evidence, review of mineral
validity reports, service of federal minerals content of actions, 
guidance for surface use management  and use and occupancy 
under the mining laws; processing mineral lease applications,
mineral materials, solid minerals prospecting permits,
bonding documentation, and oil and gas reinstatement actions, 
coordinating oil and gas lease sales; and preparation and 
service of decisions, notice and other legal documentation.


Quick Facts
  • 44.7 million acres subsurface mineral estate underlies federal surface land, 2.5 million acres underlies private lands, and 592,000 acres underlies Native American Tribal land
  • fourth largest number of mining claims
  • 190,000 ounces of gold produced annually
  • 1.2 million tons of solid leasables; 22 leases with $8.6 million annual royalties
  • 150 active mineral sales contracts with over a million tons of aggregate for infrastructure and construction, generating $1 million annually in revenues


Minerals and Mining

Solid Leasable Minerals

Mineral Materials

2013 Annual Filing Requirements

Mining Claim or Mill Site FAQs

Mining Law - Surface Management 

Mining Claim Patent Information

Mining Claim and Sites Brochure 


Leasing at Searles Lake

Brochure and Flyer (PDF)

Protecting Wildlife from mining claim marker-related mortality brochure.      Protecting Wildlife From Mining claim marker- related mortality flyer. 
Protecting Wildlife From Mining claim marker-related mortality