[national forest lands] found better adapted for mining or for agricultural purposes than for forest usage, may be restored to the public domain."(94) Once the mining claim
became part of the public domain through this section, the claim was entitled to all the mining rights granted by the 1872 Mining Law.
"The Senate's bill, approved in May 1993, provides a 2% net royalty, allows patenting of mining claims
for fair market value of the surface, leaves current reclamation procedures in place and retains the existing system for filing and maintaining claims.
For the hard rock miner seeking to develop a mining claim
, the government's policy regarding surface use and its philosophy regarding retention of surface environmental and aesthetic benefits are critical to the miner's rights.
The company was able to secure and augment additional claim blocks to add to the original 25 claims defined and earlier announced under the Option and Mining Claim
Acquisition agreement dated December 22, 2010.
The Abitibi Gold Extension III Property includes one mining claim
located in the Munro Township in the Timmins-Porcupine Mining Camp.
Last fall, he was a vocal critic of the Ontario government's study of electronic mining claim
staking, fearing it would be the demise of the province's prospecting and development industry.