Sagebrush Mineral Resource Assessment

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The USGS Mineral Resources Program completed a comprehensive assessment and inventory of potential mineral resources covering approximately10 million acres of federal and adjacent lands in Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Montana. 

Image shows a map illustration with sagebrush focal areas marked in different colors

This map shows the location of each of the seven Sagebrush Focal Areas and the two Nevada additions.

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Summary

The USGS Mineral Resources Program completed a comprehensive assessment and inventory of potential mineral resources covering approximately10 million acres of federal and adjacent lands in Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Montana. The assessment of these lands, identified as Sagebrush Focal Areas, was done at the request of the Bureau of Land Management. The assessment results may be used to inform the decision-making process by the Department of the Interior in the protection of large areas of contiguous sagebrush habitat for the greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianu) in the Western United States. An overview of the study is described in USGS Fact Sheet 2016-3074. The detailed results of this ambitious study are published in the five volumes of USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5089 and seven accompanying data releases.

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