Seminar on filing mining claims scheduled

RENO—Public land mining is big in Nevada. There are more than 200,000 active mining claims on lands managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in the state.

These claims must be filed and paid by annual fees to be valid. Locating, mapping, and filing mining claims correctly will be the focus of a free public workshop offered July 24 at the BLM Nevada State Office in Reno.

“Mining is an important part of the state’s history and economy,” said BLM Nevada State Director Amy Lueders.

“Our goal is to assist miners by providing information and training that will enable them to accurately file claims within the appropriate time frames.”

Workshop topics will include using the LR2000 system, bonding, land status, certificates of location, mapping a claim, annual maintenance fees, waivers, notices of intent to hold, affidavits of assessment work/proofs of labor and surface disturbance.

Anyone who wants to attend the workshop is asked to RSVP by July 11 to Barry Bonnett, 775-861-6641, or Lacy Trapp, 775-861-6599,

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.