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Solid Leasable Minerals Other than Coal on National Forest System Lands

  Open mineral mineSolid leasable minerals other than coal include phosphate, potassium, sodium, gilsonite, oil shale, sulphur, and hardrock minerals on acquired NFS lands.  Generally, management of these mineral commodities falls under the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 on NFS lands reserved from the public domain; and the Mineral Leasing Act for Acquired Lands of 1947 on acquired NFS lands.  There are other specific statutory authorities for sulfur on lands reserved from the public domain, and for hardrock minerals on acquired NFS lands.

The Forest Service participates with the DOI- Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in managing these mineral commodities.  The Forest Service has principal responsibility for use and protection of surface resources, and to ensure lands are reclaimed to support on-going land uses. Managing federal solid leasable minerals other than coal follows procedures in the BLM regulations at 43 CFR Part 3500.  More information on leasing and developing these mineral commodities is available on the BLMs website.

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