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Expiration of Forest Service Withdrawals and Opening of Lands; Arizona

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Bureau of Land Management, Interior.




Six public land orders, which withdrew 2,644 total acres of National Forest System lands from mining, have expired. This action will open the lands to mining.


March 10, 2004.

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Cliff Yardley, BLM Arizona State Office, 222 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004-2203, 602-417-9437.

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1. The following public land orders (PLOs), which withdrew National Forest System lands for the areas listed below, have expired:

PLOSerial No.Area NameExpiredAcres
5740AZA 8736Dragoon Spring Stage Station7/29/200010
5749AZA 8684Goudy Canyon Research Area8/27/2000560
5751AZA 9291Elden Environmental Study Area8/27/2000778
5801AZA 8985Pole Bridge Can. Research Area1/6/2001461
5835AZA 9275Elgin Research Natural Area1/22/2001355
6217AZA 9134Bush Highway Research Area3/18/2002480

2. Copies of the public land orders for the expired withdrawals, showing the lands involved, are available at the BLM Arizona State Office (address above).

3. At 10 a.m. on April 9, 2004, the lands withdrawn by the public land Start Printed Page 11456orders listed above will be opened to location and entry under the United States mining laws, subject to valid existing rights, the provisions of existing withdrawals, other segregations of record, and the requirements of applicable law. Appropriation of any of the lands described in this order under the general mining laws prior to the date and time of restoration is unauthorized. Any such attempted appropriation, including attempted adverse possession under 30 U.S.C. 38 (2000), shall vest no rights against the United States. Acts required to establish a location and to initiate a right of possession are governed by State law where not in conflict with Federal law. The Bureau of Land Management will not intervene in disputes between rival locators over possessory rights because Congress has provided for such determinations in local courts.

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Dated: January 21, 2004.

Michael A. Taylor,

Deputy State Director, Resources Division.

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[FR Doc. 04-5354 Filed 3-9-04; 8:45 am]