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AEMA Joins MSLF – Comments on the Proposed Dithdrawal for Sage Grouse Conservation

AEMA joined with Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) to prepare and file the attached comments on the proposed withdrawal in Sagebrush Focal Areas of more than 10,000,000 acres across 6 states acres from mineral entry. We previously filed joint scoping comments on the proposed withdrawal with MSLF. We strongly recommended that DOI either reject the […]

AEMA Writes Letter in Support of Congressman Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Department of the Interior

January  17, 2017   Dear Chairman  Murkowski  and Ranking Member  Cantwell: American Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA) strongly supports the confirmation of Congressman Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Department of the Interior. As a fifth generation Montanan representing a state with a large portion of federal public lands, Congressman Zinke understands the importance of […]

PRESS RELEASE: National Mining Group Blasts Latest Obama Withdrawals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 13, 2017 National Mining Group Blasts Latest Obama Withdrawals Last Minute Land Grab in OR & MN Kills Jobs and Harms Public Education This week, the Obama administration has undertaken more land withdrawals in the waning hours of its administration. The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument will add 42,000 acres of public land […]

PRESS RELEASE: Eleventh Hour Withdrawals Cut Public Out of Public Lands Processes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, November 22, 2016  Eleventh Hour Withdrawals Cut Public Out of Public Lands Processes  Yesterday, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a two-year administrative segregation and proposed withdrawal of approximately 30,000 acres near Gardiner, MT. The Obama administration, in its final days, is misusing executive authority to further impede economic development on multiple-use […]

OP-ED: Time for Feds to Respect Minnesotans’ Rights

TIME FOR FEDS TO RESPECT MINNESOTANS’ RIGHTS By Laura Skaer, Executive Director American Exploration & Mining Association Opinion-Editorial Imagine two or three generations ago, your ancestors homesteaded property and acquired rights to farm the land. Over the forty or fifty years, the land was tilled, crops were planted, buildings and a home were built, the […]

AEMA Submits Comments in Support of Twin Metals MN

AEMA has submitted comments in support of the renewal of Twin Metals Minnesota’s federal mineral leases, MNES 1352 and MNES 1353 located in the Superior National Forest. We are deeply concerned about the United States Forest Service’s (USFS) consideration of withholding consent to the renewal of these two leases that were originally issued more than 50 […]

AEMA Files Comments on BLM 2.0

AEMA’s filed comments on the proposed BLM 2.0 planning rule. The rule is a significant shift away from the current locally invested process.  The proposed rule also shifts land use planning to a landscape scale approach allowing non-traditional sources of information among many other changes of concern. We direct your attention to the table we have prepared […]

AEMA Applauds State Land Commissioner Association Mineral Withdrawal Opposition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 14, 2016 AEMA Applauds State Land Commissioner Association Mineral Withdrawal Opposition State Trust Land Group Passes Resolution Calling on BLM to End is Epic Land Grab Yesterday, the Western State Land Commissioner Association (WSLCA) passed a resolution calling on the BLM to end its 10 million acre land withdrawal for the protection […]

Montana Congressional Delegation Pushes Forest Service to Advance Permitting Process for Rock Creek Mine

(U.S. Congress)—Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines and Congressman Ryan Zinke this week pushed the U.S. Forest Service to finalize an important document and advance a decades-old permitting process for the Rock Creek Mine in northwest Montana. In a letter to Kootenai National Forest Supervisor Chris Savage, the Montana congressional delegation encouraged the Forest Service […]

AEMA Executive Director Testifies Before Congress

Laura Skaer, AEMA Executive Director Testifies Before Congress Tuesday, March 15th AEMA Executive Director Laura Skaer appeared before the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee to offer testimony on the President’s recent memo “Mitigating Impacts on Natural Resources from Development and Encouraging Related Private Investment.” The corresponding House committee held a similar hearing in February […]