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The IDL regulates surface mining and the surface effects of underground mining in the state of Idaho. Surface mining is the extraction of minerals from the ground by removing the soil and rock over the mineral deposits. Underground mining is the extraction of minerals from beneath the surface of the ground by means of an adit, shaft, tunnel, decline, portal, bore hole, drill hole for solution mining, or such other means of access beneath the surface of the ground, other than a pit.

The Idaho Mined Land Reclamation Act, passed in 1971, requires reclamation of affected lands to return them to a productive condition.

Read more about IDL procedures on the Agency Guidance Documents page. 


Statutes and Rules



IDAPA 20.03.03 Rules Governing Administration of the Reclamation Fund, is currently going through the rulemaking process. For more information, please visit the IDL Rulemaking Page

Mining Claims

The IDL does not regulate patented and unpatented mining claims. Mining claims are federally managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). If you have questions about purchasing a claim or about a claim you own or manage, please go to the Idaho BLM Mining Claims website.


Department Contact – Boise Staff Office

Andy Mork, PG, Program Manager – Regulatory Minerals
Resource Protection and Assistance Bureau
(208) 334-0247

For questions specific to a location, please contact the nearest Supervisory Area

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