Financial Assurance for Mine Long-Term Post-Reclamation Monitoring and Maintenance
Mineral development on National Forest System (NFS) lands is a temporary use of those lands, and requires adequate fiscal resources be available to ensure that reclamation of the mineral sites are integral to any development proposal. As a result, the Forest Service has identified a mechanism for addressing post-closure long-term liabilities associated with large mining activities on NFS lands.
U.S. Forest Service. 2015. Financial Assurance for Mine Long-Term Post-Reclamation Monitoring and Maintenance. Memo from Thomas L. Tidwell, Chief, U.S. Forest Service to Regional Foresters, Station Directors, Area Director, IITF Director, Deputy Chiefs and WO Directors. Washington, D.C: U.S. Forest Service. July 24.
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