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You may have noticed that posts to our New & Views section have been light over the last few months. The lack of content is due in part to the reduction in land actions being proposed since our new president took office. At the end of last year there were proposed withdrawals being published each week. Many of these are now under review by the new administration. We will keep you updated on any changes that occur.

Only a few very small withdrawals have been recently proposed. Because our time won't be spent mapping land withdrawals, we will be able to add a few other features to New & Views that I think you will enjoy.

I recently had visitors from the East Coast who were fascinated by the sheer size of the active mines they saw on their explorations around Arizona (and that was what could be seen from the road!) Those unfamiliar with western lands are generally unexposed to the mining industry and have a limited understanding of the actual size of these mines and the importance of their production.

I will be doing a series of posts on some of the more interesting mines in the United States with basic facts and a custom map to take you around the mine site. First up is Bingham Canyon in Utah. Wander around and take a look at one of the largest active mines in the country.
by Leigh
Thursday, June 22, 2017, 01:34 PM

The BLM is proposing a lease of about 1,046 acres of public land in Maricopa County, Arizona. The area is split into two parcels. One that borders the famous Vulture Mine, and a second that covers a commonly used parking and camping area in the Vulture Mountains.

Maricopa County proposes to use the land for a variety of recreation facilities to be associated with the Vulture Mountains Cooperative Recreation Management Area. This is to be a cooperatively managed area between the BLM and Maricopa County. Related improvements for the proposed lease include picnic and camping facilities, restrooms, trailheads, developed day use facilities, and parking.

This is a highly mineralized area and has been prospected throughout the regions history. The land specified will be withdrawn from the General Mining Laws.

by Leigh
Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 07:57 PM

Our newest national monument, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, located in central Maine, was established by Presidential Proclamation 9476 under the authority of the Antiquities Act on August 24, 2016.

Approximately 87,500 acres of land was donated by Elliotsville Plantation Inc. and the Roxanne Quimby Foundation has established a "substantial" endowment with the National Park Foundation to support the administration of this national monument. It will be administered by the National Park Service.

Our Land Matters Katahdin Map shows the location and boundaries of this new monument. Check out the new NPS Website for more monument details and recreation maps. This is the first in a series of posts about our newest National Monuments.
by Leigh
Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 09:21 PM

Land Matters has a new Meteorite Map.

Our United States Meterorite Falls shows the locations of over 2,000 metorite falls in the US.

There is a wealth of information about each fall behind the map. Use the Map Information Tool to link directly to the Meteoritical Bulletin Database details on any fall to get more specific information. You will find info on when the fall occurred, what type of meteorite it is, images of the meteorites themselves and everything else that is known about the fall.

The Meteorite Bulletin Database is the offical database of the Meteoritical Society. This international organization names and records all meteorite falls and is the primary resource for meteoritic information.

SELECT the United States Meteorite Falls map from the Minerals Maps right hand menu and find a meteorite of your own!

by Leigh
Saturday, September 24, 2016, 12:55 PM

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

Special Regulations; Areas of the National Park System, Cape Hatteras National Seashore-Off-Road Vehicle Management

The National Park Service (NPS) proposes to amend its special regulation for off-road vehicle (ORV) use at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina, to revise the times that certain beaches open to ORV use in the morning, extend the dates that certain seasonal ORV routes are open in the fall and spring, and modify the size and location of vehicle-free areas.

The NPS also proposes to amend this special regulation to allow the Cape Hatteras National Seashore to issue ORV permits that would be valid for different lengths of time than currently exist, and to replace an ORV route designation on Ocracoke Island with a park road to allow vehicle access and pedestrian use of a soundside area without the requirement for an ORV permit. Comments must be received by October 21, 2016.

Read the Federal Register Notice here.

by Source
Monday, September 19, 2016, 05:35 PM

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