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 January 5, 2016, and again on February 18, 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) released the Goat Mountain Hardrock Prospecting Permit Applications Environmental Assessment (EA) as modified on December 17, 2015, for public review and comment. The EA has been modified in response to the July 3, 2014, ruling by the U. S. District Court for Oregon on Civil Case 3:13-cv-00810-HZ. The second comment period closes on March 21, 2016.