A Momentous Occasion!
On January 12th, 2017 under the Obama Administration, the BLM and Forest Service announced that the Kalmiopsis wild rivers were officially protected for 20 years under a "mineral withdrawal," effectively blocking further threats of industrial strip mining.
The announcement of the 20 year mineral withdrawal is the culmination of several years of dedication and hard work. A huge thank you goes out to the local supporters, the organizations, and the elected officials, that have worked tirelessly to support the campaign to protect the beloved Kalmiopsis rivers.
The campaign coalition will continue to pursue efforts for permanent protection for generations to come.
Please take a moment to write a quick thank you to your elected officials, our wild river champions:
WHAT IS AN ADMINISTRATIVE MINERAL WITHDRAWAL?
The General Mining Act of 1872 allows citizens and corporations to prospect and mine our public lands. Originally designed to encourage pioneer settlement of the American West, it now effectively allows multinational corporations to implement large scale strip mining at the cost of American taxpayers. Mining our public lands can be devastating, the EPA notes hard rock mining to be the most polluting industry in the U.S.
While our public lands belong to all Americans, the mining act overrides other types of public land use. Industrial mining can effectively shut down public land to fishing, hiking, rafting, hunting, foraging, bird-watching and other uses by the public.
An administrative mineral withdrawal the most effective measure to protect public lands from the destruction of large scale mining. Put in place by the Secretary of Interior, this administrative mineral withdrawal protects our public lands, wild rivers, and clean drinking water from new mining claims for 20 years.