Our chief goals are to restore ecosystems and watersheds affected by past mining practices; to provide the geologic expertise and scientific information necessary for sustained forest management and for watershed health and restoration; to manage and protect paleontological resources; and to manage the vast and diverse mineral resources of the national forest in a fashion that ensures sustained ecosystems and maintains healthy watersheds. Exploration, development, and production of mineral and energy resources and reclamation of activities are part of the Forest Service ecosystem management responsibility. The Forest Service will administer its minerals program to provide commodities for current and future generations commensurate with the need to sustain the long term health and biological diversity of ecosystems.
Locatable Minerals: Find the Forest Service surface management regulations, plan of operations form, notice of intent instructions, and mineral production annual summaries.
Energy Leasable Minerals: Find the Forest Service's Energy Implementation Plan, geophysical forms, energy regulations, and links to the White House National Energy Policy, and Bureau of Land Management energy information.
Mineral Materials or Salable Minerals: Find links to mineral materials sales contract, mineral material annual production, Forest Service mineral minerals regulations and manual sections.
Anatomy of A Mine: From Prospect to Production. Intermountain Research Station, General Technical Report INT-GTR-35 Revised, February 1995. Reviews mining laws and regulations and their application to mining in Western States. Describes prospecting, exploration, mine development and operation, and reclamation factors.