Authors: Stone, GM

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Stone, GM 2008, 'Abandoned Mine Land Program Strategic Planning in the United States — A Case Study', in AB Fourie, M Tibbett, I Weiersbye & P Dye (eds), Mine Closure 2008: Proceedings of the Third International Seminar on Mine Closure, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp. 99-111,

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This case study is about strategic planning for an abandoned mine lands (AML) program administered and implemented by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This paper highlights the BLM’s transition from an initial pilot effort to a mature program with a solid strategy for the future, and offers practical approaches which developing and industrial countries can apply.

Abandoned mine lands web portal:
Bureau of Land Management national web site’s About BLM page:
Bureau of Land Management (2007) The cooperative conservation based strategic plan for the abandoned mine lands
Bureau of Land Management (2006) Abandoned mine lands program policy manual. July 2006.
Bureau of Land Management (2007) Abandoned mine lands program policy handbook. March 2007.
Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service (2007) Abandoned mine lands – A decade of progress in reclaiming
abandoned hardrock mines. September 2007.
National mine land inventory spatial data prototype:, then use the “Site Mapper” link.
Note: publications available at:
U.S. Government Accountability Office, GAO testimony before the committee on energy and natural resources, U.S.
Senate, HARDROCK MINING – Information on abandoned mines and value and coverage of financial
assurances on BLM land, statement of Robin M. Nazzaro, Director, Natural Resources and Environment,
Wednesday, March 12, 2008, GAO-08-574T. Available at:

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