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Release Date: 10/12/10
Contacts: Contact David Abrams 406-533-7617    

BLM to Hold Meetings On Maiden Rock Abandoned Mine Project

The Bureau of Land Management’s Butte Field Office will hold a public meeting to discuss proposed work on the Maiden Rock District reclamation and will present the project at another meeting later in the month.

The BLM meeting will be held Oct. 19 starting at 7 p.m. in the Melrose School, 377 Hecla Street in Melrose. The BLM’s reclamation project will also be a topic of discussion at the Big Hole Watershed Association meeting on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Grange Hall in Divide.

Both meetings will feature a presentation on the abandoned mine lands project and will give the public a chance to comment on the work proposals.

The Maiden Rock Mine Project is a reclamation plan which will eliminate or reduce physical safety hazards on public lands in the Maiden Rock District. Phosphate was mined from 1947 to 1963 in the Maiden Rock Phosphate District. Since the mines were closed in 1963, the abandoned features have subsided and reclamation standards and methods have improved.

“The goal of the work at Maiden Rock is to reclaim these mines to the best extent possible,” said Joan Gabelman, a geologist with the Butte Field Office.

For more information, call Gabelman at the BLM’s Butte Field Office at (406) 533-7600.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 06-28-2012