Forest Service Minerals Program Policy

The Federal Government’s policy for minerals resource management is expressed in the Mining and Minerals Policy Act of 1970, “foster and encourage private enterprise in the development of economically sound and stable industries, and in the orderly and economic development of domestic resources to help assure satisfaction of industrial, security, and environmental needs.” Within this context, the National Forests and Grasslands have an essential role in contributing to an adequate and stable supply of mineral and energy resources while continuing to sustain the land’s productivity for other uses and it’s capability to support biodiversity goals.

 

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