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Smith Headwaters Mining Withdrawal Filed

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

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.
 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for over 35 years, working in both television and radio.