Abandoned Mine Land inventory team in New Mexico
Abandoned Mine Land Inventory Team in New Mexico

 

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AML Inventory

The BLM maintains an inventory of known abandoned mine lands on public lands. Most of the sites are abandoned hardrock mines. As of January 5, 2017, the inventory contained over 52,200 sites and 97,600 features. 

Abandoned Mine Lands on BLM lands map
Abandoned Mine Land sites on BLM-managed lands.

Approximately 20% of the sites have either been remediated, have reclamation actions planned or underway, or do not require further action.  The remaining 80% require further investigation and/or remediation.  The AML site and feature inventory data should be considered "soft" because the BLM is consistently reviewing and updating the AML database.

Abandoned Mine Lands Site Inventory

BLM Abandoned Mine Land Inventory site status pie chart

 

BLM Abandoned Mine Lands Inventory Site Status table

 

Abandoned Mine Lands Features Inventory

Each abandoned mine site is comprised of one or many features. The BLM AML inventory contained the following count of AML features on January 5, 2017: 

BLM Abandoned Mine Land Inventory Feature information

 

Note: To protect the public from harm as well as preserve cultural and biological resources, it is BLM AML Program policy to not release the specific locations of abandoned mine land sites and features.