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BLM Announces Adjustments to Mining-Related Location and Annual Maintenance Fees

The Bureau of Land Management has published in the Federal Register a final rule that adjusts for inflation the agency’s fees for the location (or “staking”) and maintenance of unpatented mining claims, mill sites, and tunnel sites. The location fee will increase from $34 to $37, and the maintenance fee will rise from $140 to $155.

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 Mining Law of 1872, as amended, requires the BLM to adjust these fees every five years to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

The BLM has not adjusted location and maintenance fees since 2009. The adjustments made in this final rule are based on the change in the CPI from December 31, 2008, through December 31, 2013 (a 9.96 percent increase), as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The adjusted annual maintenance fee is due on or before September 1, 2014, for existing claims and sites. Those who have already paid their annual maintenance fee for the 2015 assessment year will be given an opportunity to pay the additional amount without penalty upon notice from the BLM.  

For more information about the fee adjustment, please go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-30/pdf/2014-15259.pdf

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

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