This final rule updates the fees set forth in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mineral resources regulations for the processing of certain minerals program-related actions. It also adjusts certain filing fees for minerals-related documents. These updated fees include those for actions such as lease renewals and mineral patent adjudications.

Under this rule, 30 fees will remain the same and 18 fees will increase. Of the 18 fees that are being increased by this rule, 15 of the increases are equal to $5 each. The largest increase, $35, will be applied to the fee for adjudicating a mineral patent application containing more than 10 claims, which will increase from $3,075 to $3,110. The fee for adjudicating a patent application containing 10 or fewer claims will increase by $20, from $1,535 to $1,555. The “plus per acre nomination fee” for geothermal development will increase from $0.11 to $0.12.

Read the Federal Register Notice here.
by Source
Friday, September 23, 2016, 11:14 AM

Public Land Order No. 7856; Withdrawal of National Forest System Land for the Medicine Wheel/Medicine Mountain National Historic Landmark; Wyoming

Subject to valid existing rights, this order withdraws approximately 4,513 acres of National Forest System land in the Bighorn National Forest from location and entry under the United States mining laws, but not from leasing under the mineral or geothermal leasing laws, or disposal under the Materials Act of 1947, for a period of 20 years to protect and preserve existing heritage resources and American Indian spiritual values within the formally designated Medicine Wheel/Medicine Mountain National Historic Landmark (NHL).

Read the Federal Register Notice here.

See a Land Matters Custom Map of the Withdrawal Area here
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Sunday, September 18, 2016, 04:50 PM

Land Status, Mining, Land Matters
Mining Claims Maps Updated 9/15/2016
As we do twice each month the Land Matters Mining Claims Maps were updated yesterday the 15th of September.

Click HERE to view the maps.
by Barry
Friday, September 16, 2016, 11:20 PM


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