WHO WE ARE AND OUR MISSION
WHO WE ARE
American Exploration & Mining Association (formerly known as the Northwest Mining Association until 2013) is a 122 year-old, 1,900 member non-profit, non-partisan trade association based in Spokane, Washington. AEMA is a national association representing the hardrock mining industry with members residing in 42 U.S. states, 6 Canadian provinces or territories, and 9 other countries.
AEMA represents the entire mining life cycle, from exploration to reclamation and closure, and is the national voice for exploration, the junior mining sector and maintaining access to public lands. AEMA also serves in the role of the state mining association for Oregon and for Washington State. We work closely with the National Mining Association, state mining associations in the western U.S., as well as provincial and regional mining associations throughout Canada to advance our members’ interests.
AEMA is recognized as an innovative and proactive leader in addressing the needs of an increasingly global mining industry. Working in concert with other industry associations, AEMA has a proven track record in successfully influencing the outcome of political dialogue, building effective working strategies with key elected and agency officials, and developing and coordinating industry’s response to legislative and regulatory issues. We also are a leader in building coalitions with other groups representing natural resource producers and people interested in the multiple-use of public lands, and in generating grassroots support.
We are governed by a thirty member Board of Trustees who serve staggered three-year terms. Nine Trustees are elected each year by the membership. The volunteer officers of the Association are selected annually by the Trustees. The day-to-day affairs of the Association are managed by a paid, professional staff headed by the Association’s Executive Director.
The purpose of the Association is to advocate for and advance the mineral resource and related industries, to represent and inform members on legislative, regulatory, safety and technical issues; to educate legislators and their staffs, federal and state agencies, and the public on the importance of, and the policies necessary to a strong domestic mining industry, and to foster and promote economic opportunity and safe, environmentally and socially responsible mining.
The Association’s work on issues of concern to the membership is conducted through a number of standing and ad hoc committees, chaired by members who work closely with AEMA’s dedicated staff. Our success over the years is due to the dedication and commitment of such members who voluntarily serve on our committees. All members are encouraged to be actively involved in one or more committees.
The AEMA Annual Meeting and Exposition, held the first week of December, is a preeminent and the second largest annual mining convention in the U.S. Our convention consists of short courses, technical, legislative and policy sessions, and a 250 booth trade exposition. Our sessions emphasize mineral deposits, exploration and development, operations, business and finance, environmental technology, regulation and policy and legislative affairs. The meeting has been held every year since 1895, and attracts more than 2,500 attendees from all over the world.