April 24, 2021

American Mineral Research pens article about Federal Mineral Withdrawals in Josephine County for first monthly edition of the Josephine County Eagle in May of 2021.  We want to help local law enforcement!

American Mineral Research does NOT have any mineral property developments that would be directly affected by current US Federal Mineral Withdrawal proposals.  However, as part of the mission of American Mineral Research is to help our local governments in Josephine County, especially public safety, law enforcement, and tourism in Josephine County, we wrote the following article for the first monthly edition of the Josephine County Eagle.  This newspaper is mailed by the Eagle to all residents and businesses in Josephine County.  Facts in this article are based on our many years of historical and current scientific mineral research in Josephine County and SW Oregon.

Do you have a comment or want to help us work in favor of local law enforcement funding?  Please reach out to us using the CONTACT page.

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Our [County's] Mineral Wealth Under Attack

​Few locally seem to know that politicians in Washington D.C. have proposed legislation that would majorly affect Josephine County. Certain bills would have a devastating long-term financial impact on our local communities and future tourism in Josephine County. These are proposed federal mineral withdrawals and wildland expansions in Josephine County and SW Oregon which would ban minerals/metals exploration and related activities in large areas [certain federally managed lands].

One example is that in February 2021, without gathering current local input, Rep. DeFazio added a title to H.R. 803 Protecting America's Wilderness and Public Lands Act to enact a permanent mineral development activity ban on certain lands in Josephine and Curry counties. Despite DeFazio’s claims of protecting watersheds and fish habitats, most areas subject to this legislation don’t even have flowing water for much of the year.  DeFazio’s mineral ban section in H.R. 803 must be removed or Congress needs to compensate Josephine County for the loss of billions of dollars of precious metals and critical minerals in this area.

Tellurium is the rarest of all the critical minerals on the USGS Critical Mineral list and is a semiconductor metal primarily used in making solar panels.  We were recognized by state geologists for the discovery of high levels of native Tellurium on our properties in Josephine County long before Tellurium was added to the critical mineral list in 2010.

Our County was built on the mineral development industry.  In the 1920’s, the world’s eyes were on Grants Pass as a major federal mineral investigation concluded that this area had abundant minerals and many of the lands should be reclassified as mineral lands. In the 1930’s, our state geology department was started in Grants Pass because democrat Governor Martin thought SW Oregon’s mineral wealth could pull Oregon out of the Great Depression.

Well as we say, rocks don’t change. Southwest Oregon’s geology, located in the northern half of the Klamath Mountain range is unique in the world. We believe Josephine County is the center of the mineral wealth in this region.

Other than some of our recent privately-funded efforts, no modern geology research has been conducted locally and our lands remain improperly classified. Some think we have a trillion dollar opportunity in SW Oregon.

Our county’s primary mineral wealth comes from lode (hard rock) mineral deposits.  We have developed a unique lode mineral development program based on our complex geology which is a tiny surface impact and doesn’t impact our local watersheds or beautiful natural environment.

Significant law enforcement revenues for Josephine County’s justice system can also result from responsible mineral development efforts on our public lands, just like past timber agreements. By both the spirit and letter of the law, our public lands are supposed to “contribute to the economic stability of local communities and industries.”

The Senate needs to remove DeFazio’s mineral withdrawal title in H.R. 803 or compensate Josephine County for the loss of billions of dollars in mineral deposits. If we don’t act soon, much of the opportunity to improve Josephine County’s future economy and our local justice system funding in this way will be lost forever.

Let’s not forget the county justice system financial crisis of 2012-2017, let’s vote to renew all current public safety funding sources and fix the rest of the local challenges through our vast mineral wealth.  If you agree that Josephine County should be compensated for the mineral wealth and hundreds of potential future high paying jobs that would be taken away, drop an email to the County Commissioners at bcc@josephinecounty.gov so we build local support.

Current News for American Mineral Research

June 3, 2021
American Mineral Research shines light on past, present, & future federal land lock-ups in SW Oregon.

Filmed in spring of 2021, this mini-documentary includes a variety of discussions by the management team and a board member of American Mineral Research. This covers the impacts resulting from how federal land is managed in Josephine County and SW Oregon, some of this area's rich critical mineral and precious metal mineral development opportunities, and information about past, present, and pending federal mineral withdrawal and wildland expansion proposals.

* Disclaimer: American Mineral Research does not have any mineral properties that would be directly affected by these federal proposals and is merely acting to protect SW Oregon's economic and tourism future. Our state geology department (DOGAMI) hasn't ever had a budget to do significant field mineral research in SW Oregon and American Mineral Research has been collaborating with local governments and agencies such as DOGAMI / Oregon State University to inform the public of the billions of public and private opportunity costs and fire risk costs that come with these federal land lockup proposals.