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Are You Ready to Dig?

It is important for mining claimants to be knowledgable of the mining laws, the State of Colorado Regulations and the Surface Management regulations of the Federal agency that manages the land where the mining claim(s)/site(s) are located.

In addition, responsible mining is safe mining. Mining claimants have an increased risk encountering Abandoned Mines and Hazardous Materials that have been dumped on Public Land. Play it safe - know the rules and who to contact in case of an emergency.

Knowing the risks and taking all necessary safety precautions can save your life.

 Mineral Development (Mining)

Contact the local office of the surface management agency that has jurisdiction over the land BEFORE you begin any surface-disturbing activity.

Bureau of Land Management - 3809 Activity

Picture of Gate on Lode Mining Claim is link to BLM 3809 Activity

Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining & Safety

Men Working Inside a Mine is a link to Colorado Reclamation Mining & Safety

USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region

 Picture of Drilling Rig on Federal Land is a link for US Forest Service Mineral Information

Anyone intending to develop mineral resources on the public lands must prevent unnecessary or undue degradation of the land and reclaim disturbed areas.  See the brochure Sustainable Development and Your Mining Operations for more information.

Additional Information:

Visitor Safety on Public Lands Brochure

Camping on Public Lands Brochure

 Hazardous Wastes on Public Lands BrochurePrevention of Illegal Dumping Brochure  Abandoned Mines are Potential Killers Brochure

Sustainanble Development Brochure


Safety Information

Colorado Law Enforcement/Resource Protection