The BLM has implemented a new policy to reduce adverse impacts to wildlife (migratory birds, bats, reptiles and other wildlife) from open, uncapped hollow pipes or tube-like structures that are smaller than 12 inches in diameter.
Mining Claim Monuments: The BLM encourages voluntary action by mining claimants to prevent wildlife mortalities in open, uncapped hollow pipes. The BLM also encourages the use of wildlife-safe monuments for new mining claim markers. The BLM encourages mining claimants to voluntarily:
a. Use monuments that are wildlife-safe and made from naturally occurring materials when locating new mining claims.
b. Replace existing open-pipe polyvinyl chloride (PVC) monuments with wildlife-safe monuments on their active mining claims. Replacement is the preferred method of remediating these open-pipe markers. Capping or filling existing open-pipe monuments is not a permanent solution, but is encouraged if replacement is not possible.
c. Remove open-pipe monuments within the boundaries of claims that are identified as "closed" in the BLM's records.
For more information on the new policy, go to:http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/regulations/Instruction_Memos_and_Bulletins/national_instruction/
October 6, 2015
S.2132 An Act Making Appropriations to Stop Regulatory Excess and for Other Purposes,
114th Congress (20152016)
(a) LIMITATION OF FUNDS.—None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available pursuant to this Act shall be obligated or expended to accept or process applications for a patent for any mining or mill site claim located under the general mining laws.
The Secretary has authorized an increase in the location fee and annual maintenance fee for mining claim(s)/site(s) on Federal land. These adjustments reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which is published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
This final rule was published in the Federal Register (Vol. 79, No. 125) on Monday, June 30, 2014, a copy of the notice may be found at: Federal Register/Vol. 79, No. 125/Monday, June 30, 2014/Rules and Regulations, Page 36662-36665.
The new fees listed below apply to all active mining claim(s)/site(s) on Federal land and are required beginning in the 2015 assessment year:
- $37 location fee
- $155 maintenance fee
How does this affect current mining claimants?
This means the maintenance fee(s) which are due by September 1, 2014, for the upcoming 2015 assessment year have increased. The maintenance fee due for the 2015 assessment year is $155 for lode claims and mining sites, and $155 for each 20 acres or portion thereof for association placer mining claims.
How does this affect the filing of new mining claims and sites?
If the new claim(s)/site(s) are located BEFORE September 1, 2014, the cost to file is $194 ($20 processing fee, $34 location fee, $140 maintenance fee(s)). If the claim is an association placer, the maintenance fee is $140 for each 20 acres or portion thereof.
If the new claim(s)/site(s) are located on or AFTER September 1, 2014, the cost to file is $212 ($20 processing fee, $37 location fee, $155 maintenance fee(s)). If the claim is a association placer, the maintenance fee is $155 for each 20 acres or portion thereof.
Mining Claimants can now pay their annual maintenance fees online at: