Smith Headwaters Mining Withdrawal Filed

Jul 1, 2015

Southern Oregon and Northern California's Smith River could be temporarily protected from mining by a maneuver proposed by the Bureau of Land Management.

The North Fork of the Smith, near Hiouchi, California.
Credit PGHolbrook/Wikimedia Commons

BLM plans to withdraw roughly 100,000 acres of public land from mining in Curry and Josephine Counties, including land considered for a major nickel mine.

The proposed five-year withdrawal would give Congress members--including Oregon's Peter DeFazio--a chance to pass legislation withdrawing the land permanently. 

Rep. DeFazio joins us with the short-term and long-term plans for the land.