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By Gina Baltrusch
Bureau of Land Management 

Withdrawal Established To Protect Zortman-Landusky Mine Reclamation Site


September 14, 2022

Photo of green grasses growing over the reclaimed Landusky mining operation's August Pit, with the now-grass-covered Gold Bug Butte hillside towering in the background. Courtesy Photo.

The Bureau of Land Management issued a Public Land Order today to protect more than 2,600 acres at the Zortman-Landusky Mine reclamation area from future mining activities. The BLM administers the site, located in Phillips County, Montana.

The 20-year mineral withdrawal of this reclamation area prevents new mining activities and disturbance of the public lands and provides time to assess and monitor the effectiveness of on-going reclamation activities.

A withdrawal of this area was first approved in October 2000 and expired on October 4, 2020. The BLM is also considering an additional 90...

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