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Oregon / Washington

Minerals Program

Minerals Info
Report Mining Claim Fraud

The Oregon/Washington BLM is responsible for a wide variety of activities within the minerals program. We adjudicate documents on Federal mining claims, validate title evidence, review mineral validity reports, and provide guidance for surface use management and use and occupancy under the mining laws. We retain records of mineral surveys and patents, process lease applications for minerals and mineral materials, maintain bonds, and conduct oil and gas, geothermal, and coal lease sales.

The Last Sumpter Floating Dredge, 1934 - 1954
The Last Sumpter Floating Dredge, 1934 - 1954
In addition to these functions, we also issue mineral resource decisions, notices, and other legal documents.

BLM Minerals Policy Statement

In 1984, the BLM issued its first mineral policy. In 1993, Executive Order 12861 required Federal agencies to reduce their internal management regulations and directives by at least 50 percent. In 1995, as part of this effort, the 1984 Mineral Policy was eliminated. In 2006, the policy was updated and re-issued via Instruction Memorandum 2006-197. more>>

Goat Mountain Project

Status: On July 3, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon ruled on Case 3:13-cv-00810-HZ in the matter between the Gifford Pinchot Task Force (Plaintiff) v. Jerome E. Perez, BLM OR/WA State Director, and Janine Clayton, then USFS Gifford Pinchot National Forest Supervisor. At issue was the Environmental Assessment (EA) jointly prepared by the two Agencies and their subsequent Decisions and Findings of No Significant Impact for consenting to and issuing two hardrock prospecting permits for geological exploration within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The permits were applied for by Vancouver, B.C.-based Ascot Resources Ltd. (Ascot) which is incorporated in the State of Washington as Ascot USA, Inc. The Court granted the motion in part and denied it in part vacating the Agencies' decisions, but not the EA (Civil Case 3:13-cv-00810-HZ). During 2015, the Agencies further modified the EA consistent with the Court's ruling.