Publication Date: October 2007
Publisher: Environmental Working Group
Author(s): Dusty Horwitt
Research Area: Environment
Keywords: mining; national park
Driven by sky-high prices for gold and other metals, a surge in mining claims is threatening California's national parks, national monuments, wilderness and roadless areas. An Environmental Working Group analysis of government records shows 21,365 claims within 10 miles of these protected areas, with almost 7,400 staked since January 2003.
Within 10 miles of California's national parks alone, mining interests have staked nearly 3,300 claims, more than 1,000 of them in the last four years (BLM 2007). Many of these claims are in locations that would threaten or destroy critical water resources, landscapes, or habitat if developed as mines.
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