DATE: September 27, 2005
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2005-64
GIRL SCOUTS FENCE ABANDONED MINE SHAFTS
Elko, Nevada – Two girl scouts fenced four abandoned mine shafts on Spruce Mountain, 40 miles south of Wells, Nevada.
Jenny Giraudo and Cristina Martinez, both of Spring Creek, Nevada, fenced the shafts as a community service project on Saturday, September 24, 2005. The girls are members of Girl Scout Troup 638.
Spruce Mountain was an active mining area from 1869 to 1952. In addition to silver, copper and lead, companies also mined manganese and zinc. Materials for the fencing project were supplied by the Nevada Division of Minerals and BLM assisted with fence construction also.
“Mine shafts are exceeding dangerous,” said Deb McFarlane, BLM Elko Field Office geologist. “They can be literally hundreds of feet deep. The four shafts that Jenny and Cristina fenced were all near a road in a high-use recreation area. There are several hundred abandoned mine shafts and mine adits on Spruce Mountain.”
“In addition to fencing the shafts, the girls also posted Warning signs. This project was a great service to the community and all the people who visit and recreate on Spruce Mountain,” McFarlane concluded.
For more information about becoming involved with abandoned mines safety projects, contact the BLM Field Office at (775) 753-0200.