To bring glory to God through the development of the critical minerals and precious metals deposits in Josephine County and Southwest Oregon. He guides us to protect the beauty of Southwest Oregon, educate all stakeholders and the next generation, provide rewarding careers, and develop hard rock (lode) mineral properties for the benefit of both private industry and our local governments.
AMR's founder and CEO, Michael Cope, purchased a local property in the early 1990's and realized it had a historic gold mine on the property. As he set out to research the history of this mine, he quickly realized Josephine County's vast history of gold and other mining and his mineral research career began! Over the last almost 30 years, Michael has built an extensive library of research on mineral properties and historic mines in SW Oregon. Michael has also developed a proprietary hard rock (narrow vein) mineral development program, including lab and mill operations, specific to the geology of Southwest Oregon. Michael has been recognized by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) for his geology work in SW Oregon and the discovery of native tellurium. Michael has also worked with various professional geologists and Oregon State University on documenting additional new mineral discoveries in Josephine County, Oregon.
As Tellurium (Te) was designated a critical mineral in the last decade and became an important mineral for building solar panels, Michael and AMR began focusing research efforts on critical minerals in Josephine County in addition to precious metals research. We believe AMR is the only company that has been researching and mapping critical minerals in Josephine County and SW Oregon in recent years.
Beginning in 2015 and 2016, AMR was formed and set out to put Michael's research library to work as a junior mining company and acquire interests the most promising mineral properties in Josephine County and SW Oregon. Culminating with the granting of an exclusive mineral exploration permit on a 76 acre Josephine County owned property in May of 2020, AMR now believes it is the largest locally owned stakeholder in lode mineral property interests and BLM lode claims in Josephine County. In coming years, AMR will be developing its mineral interests on our private properties, BLM lode claims, and the Josephine County owned property. We look forward to showing how Josephine County's vast hard rock mineral wealth can benefit all local stakeholders.
SW Oregon's history:
The communities of SW Oregon were originally settled in the 19th century and early 20th century due to their rich gold and other mineral resources. Although gold was discovered in the 1850’s records weren’t kept until 30 years later. Production peaked around the turn of the century and then again right before WWII. All the local gold mines were closed during WWII due to a federal order that stopped non-critical mining efforts to support the war effort. Since World War II, SW Oregon has been more of a timber economy when it comes to natural resources and most mineral properties remain undeveloped or under-developed with modern and environmentally responsible mining methods. This is why there is a unique market opportunity in SW Oregon. All of AMR’s current mineral properties are located in Josephine County, Oregon. However, our significant private library of local mineral research extends beyond Josephine County.
AMR's research library also includes a significant amount of information on a major state and federal investigation of the mineral wealth in Grants Pass / Josephine County done in the early 20th century. Please see the preview of this story, which we call the "Mystery Metal Story," on THIS page on our site.
The City of Grants Pass, Josephine County and Southwest Oregon will be known for their vast God-given hard rock deposits of critical minerals and precious metals and have a thriving tourism and mineral property development industry.