Minerials and Mining
Public lands administered by BLM’s St. George Field Office contain mineral resources that are made available under a wide variety of statutes and regulations including the Mining Law of 1872, the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, and the Mineral Materials Act of 1947, among others. Use of these resources is important not only to local communities, but also to regional and national interests. BLM’s objectives are to 1) provide mineral materials such as sand, gravel, cinders, and landscape rock through contract sales and permits needed for community and economic purposes and 2) to the extent practical, provide opportunity for exploration and development under the mining and mineral leasing laws by leaving public lands open for such purposes subject to reasonable measures needed to protect the environment. These objectives are intended to support national goals for energy and strategic minerals independence and local and state goals for economic health and diversity.