Current Proposed Mining Projects in Washington State National Forests

Total of Ten (10) Projects in Three (3) National Forests

January 2013


National Forest

Mining Project


Project Type


Iron Mountain Claims #2 and #3 Plan of Operations


Plan of operation for development of Iron Mountain #2 and #3 mining claims.


Slate Creek Exploratory Drilling


Approval of a plan of operations for drilling at 14 locations in the Slate Creek/Lead Hill area


White Raven Mineral Exploration


Excavation by hand to obtain mineral samples.


YZN Exploratory Drilling


Approval of a plan of operations for drilling at four locations in the Lead Hill area.


Kelly Camp


Proposal from mining claim operator to conduct exploratory drilling operations






Goat Mountain Hardrock Prospecting Permit Applications


USFS consent decision, with required conditions, for BLM to issue two Federal Hardrock Mineral Prospecting Permits. The area encompasses 900 acres on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.


Carlsen/Carlsen Blues


1-2 person seasonal operation includes trenching with a backhoe and digging with hand tools. Camping on site.


Southern Star - Sanders


1-2 person seasonal operation accessed by FS9711121. No seasonal or permanent camp site, underground mining will be with hand tools, drill and blast in existing mine tunnels. Activities: portal reconstruction, ore and waste rock, hazard tree removal.


Buckhorn Exploration Project 2010


Allow Echo Bay Exploration to drill up to 965 exploration holes at 675 sites and construct up to 72 miles of temporary access roads.Up to 507 acres of total disturbance on BLM, DNR, private and FS lands (300 acres on FS) in a 9,170 acre project area.

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.