Western States, Federal Land - Who Should Control the West?

by Christina Lowe | January 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

UPDATE: Jan. 28th, 2017

At stake are areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Forests and Federal Wildlife Refuges, which contribute to an estimated $646bn each year in economic stimulus from recreation on public lands and 6.1m jobs.


Congress just made it easier to sell off federal land, including national parks


* 1/18/17

Should the government still own so much land in the West or should its control over that land be reduced?

Private gain is the hidden agenda behind the movement to transfer federal lands to the states.

As recreational miners, do you really want the States to be in control of our public lands? Pretty soon, there would be nothing left for gold panners, hard rock miners, and gemstone hunters, since these lands would go to the highest bidder (corporations).

An armed group of Westerners have staged a standoff in Oregon, demanding the government surrender Western lands, but paradoxically, for most of American history, Congress tried to give much of that land away. Taking on ownership now would only cost the Western states.

Check out these articles below to learn more about our public lands:

State Management of Federal Lands Would Advance Corporate Profits over Public Benefit

Neither States Nor Settlers Wanted Ownership of Much of the Land Out West

An Open Letter: Together We Can Defend Our Public Lands


The Henry Mountains frame the desert landscape of the Colorado Plateau in southern Utah. Over half of Utah’s land is owned by the federal government.

“Silver: It’s m”Ag”nificent!”

by Christina Lowe | November 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Located in beautiful Madison County, Montana, our customer Robert found some amazing silver in his lode claims. This is what he had to say about his awesome find:

“Took three days to open the porthole and shore up. I am in around 70 feet, then 40 feet down an incline shaft, and there’s a stope with a great 14-inch vein, rich in silver and fine gold! Thanks for the Great Claims


Robert is continuing to work his claims, and we hope to see more pictures and hear about what he has found!

It is awesome to hear stories and experiences in the field like this from our customers. Mining is becoming more and more popular these days, especially recreational mining. Hunting for gemstones, gold panning, and rockhounding are just a few of the activities miners are doing these days, out at their claims. 


Did you purchase your mining claim from us? Would you like to share the specimens and minerals you have found?

Contact us today, and let us share your story!

Phone: 949-361-6618


2016 Mining Claim Maintenance Fees

by Christina Lowe | August 01, 2016 | 0 Comments

September first is right around the corner, and for those of us in the mining industry, this is a very important date. Now is the time to gather your mining claim information together, and either file your waiver or pay the $155 maintenance fee to the BLM. Maintenance requirements are based on the assessment year which begins September 1, and ends the following September 1.

Do you qualify for a small miner's waiver? 

You may file a Small Miner's Waiver (by September 1, 2016) if you own ten or fewer claims and/or sites throughout the assessment year nationwide and will perform $100 worth of assessment work on your claims for the upcoming assessment year (by December 30, 2017). For more information on the small miner's waiver, contact the BLM State Office, for which your claim is located in.

BLM Pay Portal - Pay your maintenance fees online!

Looking for the easiest way to pay your maintenance fees? The BLM has an online payment portal so you can easily make a secure payment for your mining claim.

This site is available 24 hours a day.

Click Here to pay your maintenance fee online.

Click Here to view BLM forms.

New Payment Portal Feature:

Pay your maintenance fees with the new, mobile Payment Portal system. To access the Payment Portal on your mobile phone or tablet, simply open a web browser and type in

Alternately, you can type "BLM Payment Portal" into any search engine to find and open the website. Once the website opens up on your phone, you will be able to search for and make payments in the same way that you do on your computer. Please call you BLM State Office or enter a help desk ticket if you have questions or need assistance with this new feature.


DLTI's Annual Turn Key Service

We can help you take care of your maintenance fees!

Our annual turnkey service includes paying your September 1st fees, and having our field team go out and inspect your claim. If you haven't been to your claim in a while, this is a great service to take advantage of. While the field team is out at your claim, they will take pictures of all four corners, and replace them if necessary. You can rest assured that your claim is in good standing, and that your maintenance fees have been taken care of. The annual contract/agreement that our company offers is $575 / year.

Contact us today, we are here to help!


DLTI Website

Bureau of Land Management - Abandoned Mine Land Program

by Laurel Herzog | May 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

The AML program has identified over 45,700 abandoned mine sites (as of 04/18/2014). BLM prioritizes and takes appropriate action on these historic abandoned mine sites using a risked-based approach. It is an enormous task that will take lots of time, money, and cooperation with other federal, state, and local partners. Meanwhile, the risks associated with abandoned mines remain and continue to increase because more and more remote areas are being developed or accessed for recreation. Even dangerous mines that have been properly sealed off are sometimes vandalized, entered, and left open. This can expose anyone nearby to unexpected, serious danger.