A five-year mineral withdrawal, if approved by the Department of Interior, would potentially begin before the end of a two-year segregation period which started with the publication of a Federal Register Notice on June 29, 2015 http://1.usa.gov/1RBNJzb. The segregation period is needed to process the withdrawal application, which includes environmental analysis. The publication of the Federal Register notice was also the official start of a 90-day public comment period that extends through September 28, 2015. Written comments should be sent to the Bureau of Land Management, Oregon State Office, P.O. Box 2965, Portland, OR 97208-2965.
The withdrawal is subject to valid existing mineral rights but does not allow for mining claim location or entry under the mining laws, mineral lease or geothermal operations during both the two-year segregation period and the subsequent five-year mineral withdrawal, for a total of up to seven years. The segregation and withdrawal is in aid of legislation that Congress is currently considering: Senate Bill 346 and House Resolution 682, the “Southwestern Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act of 2015” www.congress.gov/114/bills/hr682/BILLS-114hr682ih.xml
The public will also have the opportunity to verbally comment or provide written comments at two public meetings scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. on September 9 and 10, in Gold Beach and Grants Pass.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015:
Curry County Fairgrounds
Docia Sweet Hall, 29392 Ellensburg Ave
Gold Beach, OR 97444
Thursday, September 10, 2015:
Rogue Community College-Redwood
Campus auditorium, 3345 Redwood Highway
Grants Pass, OR 97527-9291
For additional information and maps, visit the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/rr-sis/projects