Mine Siting
Exploratory Trench's use to Assess
Potential Mine Site

Mine Site planning generally begins by assessing a potential site for development through site analysis. Information about slope, soils, hydrology, vegetation, parcel ownership, orientation, etc. are assessed and mapped into a computer model. By avoiding areas that are not suitable for site development, such as floodplains or steep slopes, our planners can assess optimal areas for a locating a site that works within the project boundary.

Local governments must formally approve Mine Siting prior to receiving a permit to mine in site. A "high-quality" reclamation plan is required for each mine, and periodic review and modifications are necessary. Operators planning to open a new nonmetallic mining site or reopen an abandoned site in the state of Oregon must obtain a operation & reclamation permit prior to beginning any mining activities. The five primary components that must be included in a site reclamation plan are:

  • A description of the existing natural and physical conditions of the site.
  • A post-mining land-use plan.
  • The schedule and details for site reclamation.
  • Criteria to evaluate site reclamation.
  • Certification & financial assurance that a reclamation plan will be carried out.


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