Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Interior Declares Time-Out on Grand Canyon Mining

The U.S. Interior Department is putting a two-year hold on mining and mineral exploration in 633,547 acres of public lands and 360,002 acres of National Forest System lands near Grand Canyon National Park. As stated in yesterday's issue of the Federal Register, the Department will use this "time-out" to study the environmental effects of hard-rock exploration and mining and decide whether to withdraw the land from mining claims for another 20 years.

You can also read about the decision in this Bureau of Land Management press release or read a news media report in the Los Angeles Times.

For additional government resources, take a look at our guide to parks and other natural resources.

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