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

Public Land Order No. 7855; Withdrawal of National Forest System Land for the Burgess Junction Visitor Center and Administrative Site, Bighorn National Forest; Wyoming

On behalf of the United States Forest Service, this order withdraws, subject to valid existing rights, 73 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 leasing laws, for a period of 20 years to protect capital improvements constructed for the Burgess Junction Visitor Center and Administrative Site.

Read the Federal Register Notice Here

See a Land Matters Custom Map of the Withdrawal Area here.

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

You can now geographically search thousands of Geology Maps & Reports with a single click at Land Matters.

The National Geologic Map Database (NGMDB) is a project of the USGS and the best source available for locating geologic maps. You can now search the NGMDB catalog of geologic maps directly from all Land Matters Geology Maps.

This targeted search is a quick way to get the Geologic information you need for your research.

Take me to the Geology Maps
Choose a Geology Map from the right side menus, ZOOM IN and use the Identify Tool to query the map. In the results window use the Click for Map List link to access the available maps.

A new tab will open in your browser that shows a list of geologic maps in your area of interest. To keep the list manageable, we have limited the search criteria to bedrock and surficial geologic maps with a scale between 1:1 and 1:500k that are within the 24k quadrangle that you selected. This will provide the most detailed maps available.

by Leigh
Monday, September 19, 2016, 04:25 PM

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