AML Publications

National AML Strategic Plan | Instruction Memoranda | Technical Resources


Abandoned Mine Land Inventory Study for BLM-Managed Lands in California, Nevada, and Utah: Site and Feature Analysis - November 2014
Historic mining have left thousands of abandoned hardrock mine sites acattered across the West on BLM-managed land, presenting physical safety and environmental hazards. In this report the BLM estimated the total number of AML sites and features on BLM-managed land in California, Nevada, and Utah. From those estimates, BLM then determined the number of sites yet to be inventoried in each of the three states and developed cost and time estimates to complete the work. Available at the BLM Library - publication number BLM/OC/ST-15/001|+3720                                                                                                     

Abandoned Mine Lands "A New Legacy" - May 2013
The New Legacy publication covers the successes of the BLM's AML program between 2009-2011. 

Abandoned Mine Lands - Feasibility Study for AML Inventory Validation and Physical Safety Closures - July 2013
The Feasibility Study for AML Inventory Validation and Physical Safety Closures gives an estimate of the costs to validate and address the unremediated AML sites posing physical safety hazards.

BLM National AML Strategic Plan
The BLM AML program strategic plan establishes the context whereby BLM mitigates and remediates hardrock AML sites on or affecting public lands, and correlates field activities with program goals, objectives, and priorities.







BLM Program Manual MS-3720
BLM's AML program is managed by Manual Section 3720 (MS-3720). The purpose of MS-3720 is to provide the policy and strategic program direction framework for BLM to manage the reclamation of abandoned hardrock mine sites on or affecting lands administered by BLM.  







BLM AML Program Policy Handbook H-3720-1 
This Handbook provides detailed policy direction for addressing abandoned mine sites.  It is intended to guide field staff on common AML remediation scenarios and, where possible, to provide options, tools, resources, and examples that can be considered when addressing significantly more complex remediation activities.






Abandoned Mine Lands: A Decade of Progress Reclaiming Hardrock Mines (PDF)
In 1997, the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service embarked on mutual efforts to address the impacts of hardrock abandoned mine lands (AML). The purposes of this report are threefold: 1) to shed light on abandoned mining sites and their impacts on public lands; 2) to highlight the accomplishments of the BLM, the Forest Service, and project partners in addressing AML problems; and 3) to describe the outlook for future AML reclamation efforts.

Instruction Memoranda (IMs)
IMs are temporary policy directives issued by the BLM Washington and State Offices that transmit new policies, procedures, and directions.

Technical Resources
Resources relating to abandoned mine lands