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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.

Anyone intending to develop mineral resources on the public lands must prevent unnecessary or undue degradation of the land and reclaim disturbed areas.

Bureau of Land Management - 3809 Activity


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

Sustainable Development and Your Mining Operations



Sustainanble Development Brochure



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

Hazardous Materials

Hazardous Wastes on Public Lands Brochure    Prevention of Illegal Dumping Brochure

Hazardous Material Management


Safety Information

Colorado Law Enforcement/Resource Protection

Visitor Safety on BLM Public Lands

Visitor Safety on Public Lands Brochure

Camping on Public Lands

Camping on Public Lands Brochure

Abandoned Mines

Abandoned Mines are Potential Killers Brochure