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Nelson Abandoned Mine Land Cadastral Survey
Surveys Determine Federal Land Boundaries for Southern Nevada
Project: Conduct survey to determine federal land boundaries in advance of reclaiming abandoned mine lands south of Boulder City, Nevada.
ARRA Funding Level: $363,000
February 2, 2011: $372,757 obligated, $358,046 spent.
Field work is completed. Report in review.
Contracts: The $300,103 Nelson contract was awarded to E. Schaaf & Associates.
Completion date: July 2011
Jobs: Provided employment for 14 contract workers for 6 months.
Local purchases: Contract workers for the Nelson survey purchased lodging, food, fuel and other operational supplies in the Boulder City 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.