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, 2017) 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, 2018). 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 www.blm.gov/payportal
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 $545 / year.
Contact us today, we are here to help!
UPDATE: May 17, 2017;
Rep. Mark Amodei’s House Public Lands Transfer Bill Abandoned
“Americans love our public lands. We value them as places to experience the outdoors, to spend time with our families and friends, and to find solace in an increasingly hectic world.” - BHA President and CEO Land Tawney
Announced today by Rep. Mark Amodei of Nevada, that he will not be reviving the controversial bill that would have transferred public lands in Nevada to state ownership. Hunters, anglers, loggers, miners, and others are celebrating a win of public lands!
Tawney emphasized that, despite these victories, the future of American public lands remains uncertain.
“The war for our public lands is far from over,” stated Tawney. “Well-moneyed special interests remain invested in wresting control of our shared lands and waters and stealing from citizens our greatest national treasure."
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More Articles on Public Lands:
Sportsman For Public Lands - Help Us Save Our Monuments!
What Happens When A Sleeping Giant Wakes
April 26, 2017;
U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order reviewing previous National Monument designations made under the Antiquities Act, at the Interior Department in Washington, U.S., April 26, 2017.
So what does this mean for our public lands? How about the mining community? If you haven't been following along on President Trump's orders, this should be your first one. If the states have more control on the use of their public lands, this could potentially benefit the mining industry.
"The BLM controls over 85 percent of the land in Nevada," Trump explains. "In the rural areas, those who for decades have had access to public lands for ranching, mining, logging and energy development are forced to deal with arbitrary and capricious rules that are influenced by special interests that profit from the D.C. rule-making and who fill the campaign coffers of Washington politicians." - Washington Examiner - by Gabby Morrongiello
We all enjoy our National Parks and Monuments! It is part of our country! But when the government has so much control, that there are too many rules and regulations, then we the people, are not able to enjoy what our country has to offer. This is something the mining industry should keep an eye on, and do what we can to fight for our public lands!
To view more on this issue, click the links below:
TRUMP: National Monuments a 'Massive Federal Land Grab'
Trump Slams 'Massive Federal Land Grab,' calls for review of national monuments
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.
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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
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.
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!
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.