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Goodsprings, Sandy Valley and Table Mountain Abandoned Mine Lands Cadastral Surveys
Surveys Determine Federal Land Boundaries in Southern Nevada
Project: Conduct surveys to determine federal land boundaries in advance of reclaiming abandoned mine lands near Jean .
ARRA Funding Level: $718,000
February 2, 2011: $692,125 obligated, $368,387 spent.
November 12, 2010: Site work began on Sandy Valley and Table Mountain surveys.
Contracts: Three contracts were awarded to E. Schaff & Associates: $236,872 Goodsprings; $139,281 Sandy Valley; and $178,724 Table Mountain.
Completion date: The Goodsprings survey site work was completed on November 10, 2010. The Goodsprings draft report is being reviewed. The estimated completion date for the Sandy Valley and Table Mountain surveys is July 2011.
Jobs: The Goodsprings survey employed 10 contract workers for 9 months. The Sandy Valley survey will employ 7 contract workers for 6 months, and the Table Mountain survey will employ 10 contract workers for 6 months.
Local purchases: Contract workers for the Goodsprings survey purchased lodging, food, fuel and other operational supplies in the Jean area, and contract workers for the Sandy Valley and Table Mountain surveys will be making similar purchases in the Jean area.
Benefits and Needs: These surveys have clarified land ownership and management responsibilities in areas of historic mining activity, where ownership boundaries have been poorly determined in the past. Thousands of historic abandoned mines are scattered throughout Nevada. These abandoned mines can be hard to see for off-highway vehicle recreations and can be an attractive, dangerous nuisance for hikers and other outdoor recreationists.
Background: Abandoned mines are among the most recognizable and attractive national icons of the western landscape and many of them are also habitat for bats and other valued wildlife. Nevada contains thousands of abandoned mines from the 1800s and early 1900s when miners simply walked away. The BLM is working with the state of Nevada to locate these sites, and to prioritize the remediation and securing of these sites. Mining companies today are required to reclaim mine sites when activities are completed. Location and remediation of abandoned mines on public lands is a national priority for both the Department of the Interior and the BLM.