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Open-File Report O-13-04, Scoping of Mineral Potential: Proposed Rogue Wilderness Area Additions, Josephine, Curry, Douglas, and Coos Counties, Oregon, by Clark A. Niewendorp

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This publication consists of a 16-page PDF report, including 9 figures and 3 tables.

—from the report:

SUMMARY OF THE ROGUE WILDERNESS AREA EXPANSION ACT OF 2011

The Rogue Wilderness Area Expansion Act of 2011 (the Act) would add specified federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to the Wild Rogue Wilderness as a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS). It amends the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to add specified segments of creeks to the designation of the Rogue River in Oregon as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The Act also prohibits (1) the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) from licensing the construction of any dam, conduit, reservoir, powerhouse, transmission line, or other project works affecting specified stream segments; and (2) any federal department or agency from assisting in the construction of any water resources project affecting any such segment, except for maintaining or repairing existing projects. In effect, all 143 miles of originally proposed Wild and Scenic Rivers and adjoining lands within the proposed Wild Rogue Wilderness would be withdrawn from mineral entry (Figure 1).

INTRODUCTION

The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) has prepared this mineral scoping report to summarize the mineral resources of the proposed Rogue Wilderness Area Additions (RWAA) in Josephine, Curry, Douglas, and Coos Counties, southwestern Oregon. This land is managed by the BLM.

This report describes the proposed RWAA in terms of identified mineral occurrences, mineral resource potential, mining activity, and mineral setting (if applicable). Understand that this type of scoping report is tenuous and based solely on literature searches. It does not include field studies for data collection and, at best, provides only a low-level of detail for mineral assessments as prescribed in BLM Manual 3031. No attempt is made in this report to assess the development potential of any identified mineral resource, nor recommendations on the management of the mineral resources.

For the convenience of the reader, this document is divided into the following four sections:

Figure 1. Location of the approximate area of the proposed Wild Rogue Wilderness Area Additions (orange; note: not an official map of the proposed RWAA) in southwestern Oregon. This area includes the proposed Scenic River Additions (not delineated).

DOGAMI O-13-04, Figur 1: Location of the approximate area of the proposed Wild Rogue Wilderness Area Additions (orange; note: not an official map of the proposed RWAA) in southwestern Oregon. This area includes the proposed Scenic River Additions (not delineated).