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Ensuring responsible mining in Idaho

The citizens of Idaho passed the Idaho Dredge and Placer Mining Protection Act by voter initiative in 1953, and the Idaho Legislature passed the Mined Land Reclamation Act in 1971. The IDL is responsible for administering both laws. Regulatory oversight serves as the catalyst to promote effective, environmentally responsible mining. The IDL is responsible for overseeing 1,567 active mines and 28 active dredge and placer operations. To regulate all 1,595 mining permits, IDL divides Idaho into five mineral zones based on staffing availability.

Mining Menu

Programs on this page are part of the rulemaking process. Visit About Rulemaking for more information.

Sage-Grouse Habitat

Best Management Practices guide may be applied to sage-grouse habitat protection.

Best Practices

This handbook outlines practices to promote and enhance the natural recovery of the mined site.

Exploration Locations

These are state-owned lands issued to allow a prospector the exclusive right for mineral exploration.

Program Contacts


Eric Wilson
Resource Protection Assistance


Mike Murphy
Minerals Leasing Program Manager
(208) 334-0290


Todd Wernex
OHV/Recreation Specialist
(208) 334-0282


Sharla Arledge
Public Information Officer
(208) 334-0286

To find and contact your closest Idaho Department of Lands office see our Supervisory Area map.

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