A Moment in Time to Protect the Chetco
A unique opportunity has emerged to permanently protect the National Wild and Scenic Chetco River from mining claims that have threatened this prized stream for decades.
On December 5, 2011, the Bureau of Land Management issued a decision that the nine mining claims had been abandoned and forfeited due to the miner’s failure to pay annual fees. Click here to read a recent article about the forfeiture.
The Chetco River Protection Act is pending legislation in the U.S. Congress that would prohibit new mining claims along the Wild and Scenic Chetco River. The recent forfeiture of pre-existing mining claims presents an important window of opportunity to permanently safeguard the Wild and Scenic Chetco River from future mining threats —and at the same time save taxpayer dollars.
But, the Chetco River Protection Act must be passed before an existing, temporary withdrawal from the 1872 Mining Act expires in July 2013.
If there is no permanent withdrawal in place at that time, the Chetco will be open again to new mining claims on this important salmon stream and taxpayer dollars will be used again to process mining proposals.