USDA FOREST SERVICE
PLUMAS NATIONAL FOREST
Opportunity to Comment on Mining Proposal
The Plumas National Forest, Mt. Hough Ranger District, is initiating a 30-day scoping period in response to a Plan of Operations submitted for placer mining. Mining activity was first authorized under the 1872 Mining Law. This along with subsequent regulations require the Forest Service to respond to mining Plans of Operation and ensure operations are conducted in a manner to minimize adverse environmental impacts on Forest Service system lands.
Edwin Bright has proposed operations on the El Rico Mina placer mining claim, which is located along National Forest System Road 26N81, near Greenville, California. The legal location is T26N, R9E, Section 4, MDBM. The Plan as submitted would authorize excavation of placer deposits along the edge of the road. Excavation would be completed with a rubber tired backhoe and/or bulldozer. Additional material would be tested within the road bed. An auger would be utilized to drill 25 holes in the road, 10 inches in diameter and 6 feet deep. Material would be processed on site through a trommel and recovery bowl. Water for the operation would be pumped from an existing well and pond, and returned to a sediment pond. The proposal also includes intermittent occupancy at the site in two camp trailers.
The timeframe for the proposed operation is 5 years. Seasonal operations would occur between April and November depending upon weather conditions. Annual reclamation would include stabilizing the site against erosion and removing heavy equipment and smaller portable items. Final reclamation will include replacing excavated material, grading to natural topography, seeding for re-vegetation and removing all equipment.
We are asking for comments and concerns about this project. Comments will be used to identify issues and develop conditions of approval for the proposed operation. To assist the Forest Service in identifying and considering issues and concerns on the proposed action, comments should be as specific as possible.
How to Comment and Timeframe:
In order for your comments to be incorporated most effectively, we would appreciate receiving them by January 7th, 2013. Your comments should be forwarded to Leslie Edlund, Assistant Minerals Officer, Mt. Hough Ranger District, 39696 Highway 70, Quincy, CA 95971, (530) 283-0555. Comments may be (1) mailed; (2) hand delivered between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weekdays; (3) faxed to (530) 283-1821; or (4) electronically mailed to: email@example.com. Please indicate the name "El Rico Mina" on the subject line of your email. Comments submitted electronically must be in rich text format (.rtf), plain text (.txt), or Word (.doc).
Comments received, including the names and addresses of those who comment, would be considered part of the public record on this proposal and would be available for public inspection (Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7 and 1508.22; Forest Service Handbook 1909.15, Section 21).
Published FRB, IVR
December 5, 2012