Current Proposed Mining Projects in Idaho National Forests

Total of Thirty-six (36) Projects in Seven (7) National Forests

January 2013


National Forest


 Mining Project


  Status


       Project Type

Boise

Cumo 2007

Project approved

Minerals exploration. On February 11, 2011, Forest Supervisor Cecilia R. Seesholtz decided to implement the CuMo Exploration project by selecting Alternative B (Reduced Road Alternative). Alternative B and its environmental effects are displayed in the Environmental Assessment (EA). The decision is documented in a Decision Notice/Finding of No Significant Impact (DN/FONSI). The EA and DN/FONSI are below, along with comments received during the 30-day notice and comment period. The 45-day appeal period will begin with publication of a legal notice in the Idaho Statesman.

Clearwater

Chetwood Lode Exploration

Proposed

The Lochsa Ranger District proposes to approve the claimant?s proposal to excavate four test pits to expose vein material to test for mineral values

 

Jule Shaft Lode Exploration

Proposed

The North Fork Ranger District proposes to approve the claimant?s proposal to enter the existing Jule Mine Shaft to explore for and extract a large bulk sample over a five year period

 

Last Chance #1 Lode Exploration

Proposed

The North Fork Ranger District proposes to approve the claimant?s proposal to excavate three test pits to expose vein material to test for mineral values

 

New Red Lead Adit Exploration

Proposed

The North Fork Ranger District proposes to approve the claimant?s proposal to enter the existing New Red Lead Adit to explore for and extract a bulk sample over a five month period.

 

Silver Lode Exploration

Proposed

The North Fork Ranger District proposes to approve the claimant?s proposal to excavate seven to ten test pits to expose vein material to test for mineral values.

Sawtooth

Lynn Springs Quarry Expansion POA

Proposed

Proposed expansion of Oakley Stone quarry operations.

 

Mineral Gulch POA amendment

Project approved

Amendment to Plan of Operations for additional exploration drilling and preparation of supplement to Environmental Assessment

Payette

Silver run bulk sampling

Proposed

The proposed action would conduct bulk sampling of a silver deposit in order to evaluate feasibility of long term mining

 

Golden Meadows Exploration

Proposed

Roughly 139 drill pads would be used to conduct drilling activiities. Associated actvities include a well, access roads, water lines, and rock source
.

 

Golden Hand #1 and #2 Lode Claims POA

Proposed

Plan of Operations (POO) proposal to allow for collection of subsurface geological information on the Golden Hand #1 and #2 mining claims. The mining claims are located in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness
.

 

Chelsie Lode Exploration

Proposed

The proposed action would excavate up to 25 sample pits to expose and sample vein material for assay. The maximum pit size would be approximately four feet wide by 20 feet long by five feet deep

Caribou-Targhee

Husky 1 North Dry Ridge Mine

Proposed

Nu-West Industries, Inc., submitted a Mine and Reclamation Plan (MRP) which proposes new open-pit phosphate mining operations on federal leases I-05549, I-8289, I-04 and some adjacent private lands. It also proposes lease mods. and several S.U.A.s .

 

Rasmussen Valley Mine

Proposed

Nu-West Industries, Inc., submitted a Mine and Reclamation Plan (MRP) which proposes new open-pit phophate mining operations on federal leases I-05975, and some adjacent private lands. It also proposes lease modification and several Special Use Auth

 

Dairy Syncline
Phosphate Mine

Proposed

Analyze a proposed new phosphate mine plan and associated projects and infrastructure on existing lease I-28115 and I-0258, encompassing approximately 1,500 acres on lease and approximately 400 acres off lease. Considers land exchange proposal.

 

Rasmussen mine geotechnical Drilling

Project approved

Nu-West Industries, Inc., submitted a Geotechnical Study Plan which proposes to install several shallow geotechnical borings including piezometers on National Forest land adjacent to Federal Leases I-05975 in support of the Rasmussen Valley Mine EIS

Nez Perce

Pasadina/Frank Peck Lode Exploration

Proposed

The Red River Ranger District proposes to approve Ralph Reynolds and David Brush?s proposal to open an old adit and develop a new adit for the purpose of extracting bulk ore samples for testing and assay.

 

Newsome Placer Exploration

Proposed

The Red River Ranger District proposes to approve Press Thomas proposal to excavate up to 12 test pits for the purpose of testing placer gravels for mineral values in the Newsome Creek drainage area

 

Lower & East Sand Ck. placer exploration

Proposed

The Salmon River Ranger District proposes to approve Kent Powell?s proposal to excavate up to 18 test pits for the purpose of testing placer gravels for mineral values in the Sand Creek drainage area.

 

Lone Pine Lode exploration

Proposed

The Red River Ranger District proposes to approve Donald Alm's proposal to open an existing adit for the purpose of exploring for gold values

 

Heritage #2 placer exploration

Proposed

The Red River Ranger District proposes to approve Tim Hoskins? proposal to excavate 17 placer test pits in the Newsome Creek drainage area.

 

Gold Lake Ck placer exploration

Proposed

The Salmon River Ranger District proposes to approve Charles Bedrosian?s proposal to conduct a small placer mining operation in the Gold Lake Creek drainage of the Salmon River Ranger District.

 

Friday Minerals Exploration

Proposed

The Red River Ranger District proposes to approve Premium Exploration?s proposal to conduct exploratory drilling at a total of eighteen drill sites in the Crooked River area of the Red River Ranger District.

 

Deadwood Quickdraw Exploration drilling

Proposed

The Red River Ranger District proposes to approve Premium Exploration?s proposal to conduct exploratory drilling in the Deadwood area of the Red River Ranger District at a total of fourteen drill sites.

 

Old Shoe Lode exploration

Proposed

The Salmon River Ranger District proposes to approve the claimant?s proposal for exploratory drilling in the North Fork Slate Creek area to test for mineral values on the Salmon River Ranger District, Nez-Perce-Clearwater National Forests.

 

Rex placer exploration

Proposed

The Salmon River Ranger District proposes to approve Robert Martin?s proposal to excavate 17 placer test pits in the Gold Lake Creek and Ozark Creek drainages

 

Pioneer Gulch Placer exploration

Proposed

The Salmon River Ranger District proposes to approve David Tisch?s proposal to excavate up to 22 test pits for the purpose of testing placer gravels for mineral values in the Ozark Creek drainage

Salmon-Challis

Gold Star exploration drilling

Proposed

Proposal to core drill 10 vertical and angled holes from previously constructed drill pads. Sumps will be 10' x 10' x 6 feet. Approximately 1.25 miles new road will need to be constructed to access the site.

 

Waggonhammer exploration drilling

Proposed

Exploration drilling at from eight proposed drill pads on the ridge between Wagonhammer Creek and O'Neal Gulch. Approximately 20 miles northeast of Salmon, Idaho .

 

Duchier Basin exploration drilling

Proposed

Exploration drilling from 4 drill pad locations in the Dutchler Basin, Squaw Creek, and Papoose Creek areas of the North Fork Ranger District

 

Lemhi Gold Trust exploration drilling

Proposed

Exploration drilling from fourteen proposed drill pads in the Ditch Creek drainage

 

Flume Creek exploration drilling

Proposed

Exploration drilling from two drill pad locations in the Flume Creek drainage on the Leadore Ranger District

 

Diamond Ck exploration drilling

Proposed

Exploration drilling from two drill pads in the Diamond Creek drainage approximately 10 miles northwest of Salmon, Idaho on the Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District.

 

Rabbit Foot exploration drilling

Proposed

The Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District, Salmon-Challis National Forest , has received a Plan of Operation from Robert Hawkins of BHLK to conduct reverse circulation exploration drilling at the old Rabbit Foot Mine site

 

Thompson Ck Modified POA

Proposed

The Thompson Creek Mining Company (TCMC) has submitted a plan of operations (POO) that would allow for mining to continue to approximately 2030. The POO proposes new surface disturbance on approximately 500 acres of private and public lands

 

Thompson Ck mineral exploration #2

Approved

 

Note One: These projects allow mining corporations to explore for valuable minerals. The exploration is always approved by the Forest Service. For these exploration projects the acreage of the mine is not given, nor the number of trees impacted.

Note Two: In these records, the Forest Service does not distinguish between a small, sustainable projects by hobbyists and massive destructive projects that demolish tens of thousands mature trees, leaving barren waste piles and pits a mile in diameter and over 1,000 feet deep.


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