Chris D’Angelo, a reporter for the Huffington Post, wondered what it took to stake a mineral claim on federal land. So he set out to find all the necessary steps.
FROM THE ARTICLE:
SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah — Forty miles as the crow flies west of Blanding, Utah, just up the road from the former uranium boomtown of Fry Canyon and a dirt airstrip, is a parcel of federal land historically valued for its radioactive metal and other hardrock minerals.
The tracks of mule deer and cattle criss-cross a maze of red rock, cacti and parched-looking shrubs. The only signs of human life are the contrails from airlines overhead and the sound of an occasional car buzzing along State Route 95.
Here is where I decided to stake my claim, the first step a prospector takes to mine public lands.
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