July 8, 1911 Rules and Regulations
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE MINING AND REMOVAL OF MINERALS, TO BE INSERTED IN CONVEYANCES TO THE UNITED STATES OF LAND PURCHASED UNDER THE ACT OF MARCH 1, 1911 (37 STAT., 961) WHEN MINERAL RIGHTS ARE RESERVED.
1. Anyone claiming the right to mine or search for minerals in or upon lands acquired by the United States under the provisions of the Act of March 1, 1911 (Public No. 1435) with a reservation of mineral rights to the grantor, must, on demand, exhibit to the Forest Officer in charge, satisfactory written evidence of right or authority derived from, through, or under the said grantor. Mining or searching for minerals except by those producing such evidence of right or authority is forbidden.
2. In carrying on mining operations and in searching for minerals only so much of the surface shall be occupied or disturbed as is reasonably necessary for the purpose.
3. In underground mining all reasonable and usual provision shall be made for the support of the surface, and to that end the tunnels, shafts, and other workings shall at all reasonable times be open .to inspection and examination by the Forest Officers and mining experts or inspectors of the United States.
4. All miners or mining operators shall make provision to the satisfaction of the Forest Officer in charge for preventing the obstruction, pollution, or deterioration of streams, lakes, ponds, or springs, by tailings, dumpage, or otherwise, or the escape of any harmful or deleterious material or substance from their mines or works.
5. In searching or excavating for minerals, in the dumping of ores or waste material, and in the location and construction of buildings or works of any kind to be used in connection with mining or searching for minerals or with the milling or reduction of ores, no timber, undergrowth, or reproduction shall be unnecessarily cut, destroyed, or damaged. For all timber, undergrowth, and reproduction unnecessarily cut, destroyed, injured or damaged, payment shall be made to the United States, on demand or the proper Forest officer as follows:
For timber cut or destroyed, at rates to be prescribed by the Forest Officer in charge, which rates shall be the usual stumpage price charged in the locality in sales of National Forest timber of the same kind or species; for injury to timber, undergrowth and reproduction, the amount of actual damage as ascertained by the proper Forest Officers according to the rules or principles of forestry applicable in such cases.
6. No timber shall be cut or used for or in connection with any mining use or purposes except with the permission of the proper Forest Officer first obtained and upon payment therefore at the price or prices fixed for timber of similar kinds.
7. Buildings, camps, roads, bridges, and other structures or improvements necessary in carrying on mining operations shall be located as approved by the Forest officer in charge. When a building, camp or other structure is removed from one location to another, all debris resulting from such removal shall be burned or otherwise disposed of as directed by the Forest Officer in charge.
8. All buildings, camps and other structures shall be removed within six months after the completion of mining operations; otherwise they shall become the property of the United States.
9. All destructible refuse, waste material and other debris caused by the mining operations hereunder which interfere with the administration of the Forest or endanger forest growth shall, within six months after the completion of said operations, be disposed of as directed by the Forest Officer in charge.
10. While mining operations are in progress, the mining operators and all employees, contractors, sub-contractors, and employees of contractors and subcontractors at work on the tract upon which said minerals are reserved, shall use due diligence in preventing and suppressing forest fires upon or threatening said tract and shall be held rigidly responsible for any fires of which they are directly or indirectly the cause.
(Approved July 8, 1911)
/s/ James Wilson