MINERAL EXPLORATION ON FEDERALLY ADMINISTERED LANDS

Wallace Environmental Consulting prepares permit documents and manages submission of mineral exploration permits on behalf of our clients for the U.S. Forest Service in accordance with mineral exploration permit guidelines codified in 36 CFR 228. Mineral exploration permits on land administered by the BLM are prepared in accordance with 43 CFR 3809. The permit documents, usually a plan of operations or notice of intent, include analysis of the effects of exploration activities on a variety of environmental resources. To prepare the exploration permit documents Wallace Environmental Consulting staff works closely with the appropriate federal agency to assess the effects of proposed actions on:


  • Air Quality
  • Water Quality
  • Fish and Wildlife Resources
  • Botanical Resources
  • Cultural and Historic Resources
  • Wetlands and Riparian Habitat
  • Hazardous Substances
  • Soil Conservation
  • Solid Waste
  • Scenic Values


Reclamation Plan and the Reclamation Bond

The "heart" of a mineral exploration permit is the Reclamation Plan and the Reclamation Bond. Wallace Environmental Consulting prepares reclamation plans that assure compliance that restores surface disturbance caused by the construction of new roads, drill pads, sumps, lay-down areas, heli-pads and temporary camps. The bond also covers proper boring abandonment, usually in conformance with state regulations. Our experience with over 2,000 borings assures that reclamation planning, boring abandonment and the estimated bond amount meet federal requirements but do not create excessive financial burden on our mineral exploration clients

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