Community input needed for mine cleanup initiative in Del Norte County

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DEL NORTE COUNTY- Six Rivers National Forest needs your help reviewing cleanup options for two mines in Del Norte County.

Through federal grants and other possible partnerships, the U.S. Forest Service will remove mine waste materials from the abandoned Mammoth and Hardscrabble Mines in the Smith River National Recreation Area in Del Norte County in order to keep the waste materials from eroding into the surrounding environment. U.S. Forest Service officials are hosting a public meeting on Wednesday to get peoples’ comments on possible removal options. Engineering evaluations and cost analyses for removal options for both mines will be presented to the public at the meeting.  U.S. Forest Service officials say the public’s input is critical in the mine waste removal effort.

"The local public often has a much longer history of the use of the land and having spent a lot of time on it, they may see things or know about issues that need to be brought forward or taken into consideration as we move forward with projects like this," said Curtis Cross, the Engineering Program Lead for Six Rivers National Forest.

The public meeting will be this Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Gasquet Ranger Station, located at 10600 Highway 199 in Gasquet. 

Comments must be submitted in writing anytime during the month of May.  Comments should be sent to Six Rivers National Forest, 1330 Bayshore Way, Eureka, CA 95501. The envelope should be labeled, “Mine Cleanup Comments.”

The full engineering evaluations will be available online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/srnf by the end of the week.