Minerals Program

Minerals Program

The BLM minerals program consists of administrative processing and field work aspects associated with offering minerals for public use, including mining and reclamation plan review, environmental assessments, cost recovery, appraisals, trespass, inspection and enforcement/production verification. Active pits are regularly inspected for compliance with the approved mining and reclamation plan. Production verification is performed to ensure the mined tonnage is reported correctly for royalty payment. Periodic appraisals are conducted to determine royalty values for different mineral materials. Record keeping and disposal actions include LR2000 entry, case file documentation, and updating MIS for the units of accomplishments.  

Additional Information:

United States Geologic Survey (USGS), Mineral Resources Program

BLM Montana brochure, Do you really own the minerals under your land?

United States Forest Service (USFS), Minerals and Geology Management

Colorado Geological Survey, Colorado Mineral Resources