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Mining Claim Fees Due September 1


   The Bureau of Land Management today reminds claimants that Fiscal Year
2009 mining claim maintenance and location fees are due on Tuesday,
September 1.

A claim maintenance fee of $140 per claim or site is due for all claims
located during FY 2009; location fees are $34 per claim. If payment is
not made by the due date, the BLM will void the claim, unless a small
miner waiver is filed and obtained on a timely basis.

Since Fiscal Year 1993, mining claimants staking new claims or sites
have been required to pay a one-time location fee. Claimants must also
pay an annual “maintenance” fee in lieu of performing annual assessment
work and making annual filings.

The BLM manages more land – 256 million surface acres – than any other
Federal agency. Most of this public land is located in 12 Western
States, including 80 million in Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of
about $1.8 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface
mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is
to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use
and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes
this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock
grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving
natural, historical, and cultural resources on the public lands.
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