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​​​​Welcome to the State Mining & Geology Board (SMGB)

The SMGB represents the State's interest in the development, utilization and conservation of mineral resources; reclamation of mined lands; development of geologic and seismic hazard information; and to provide a forum for public redress.

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  • The State Mining and Geology Board (SMGB) is seeking a qualified and energetic leader to serve as its Executive Officer. The Executive Officer is the constitutionally exempt (non-civil service) employee who serves at the pleasure of the SMGB to administer various sections of the State’s Public Resources Code (PRC) and the California Code of Regulations (CCR) under the Seismic Hazards Mapping Act, the Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zone Mapping Act, and the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA), and is the Board’s representative to the Administration and the Legislature. PRC Section 670 authorizes the SMGB to appoint the Executive Officer. The SMGB is an autonomous body within the Department of Conservation (DOC) that is responsible for giving direction and guidance to the DOC Director, the State Geologist, and to the California Geological Survey, on matters pertaining to the State’s geology, seismology, and mineral resources, and has statutory authority to establish policy and set technical standards for programs in seismic hazards mapping, geohazards and landslide mapping, active surface fault mapping, and for the reclamation of mined lands. 

    The Executive Officer will have a background and experience in geology, seismology, or civil engineering and have a working understanding of general business practices, accounting, budgeting, legislative and regulatory processes, and the management of professional, technical, and clerical staff. Additionally, the Executive Officer should possess excellent written and oral communicative skills necessary in dealing with elected and appointed government officials, members of various professions, and the general public.

    To view the complete job announcement please click the following link:  

    For further information please contact the SMGB office or the DOC’s Division of Administration at the following:

    State Mining and Geology Board Department of Conservation
    801 K Street, MS 20-15        801 K Street, MS 22-13
    Sacramento, CA 95814         Sacramento, CA 95814
    916-322-1082                 (916) 323-2950

  • Preliminary Review Maps​ of proposed new and revised Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zones were released on December 10, 2015 to El Dorado and San Bernardino Counties by the California Geological Survey (CGS).  These maps are released under the authority of the Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning (AP) Act that was passed following the 1971 San Fernando earthquake.  The AP Act is a state law designed to reduce the hazard from surface fault rupture during an earthquake.

    Earthquake Fault Zones are regulatory zones that encompass surface traces of active faults that have a potential for future surface fault rupture.  The index map​ shows the general location of maps delineating the proposed Earthquake Fault Zones within the affected areas of El Dorado and San Bernardino Counties.  

    Review Comment Period

    Pursuant to Public Resources Code § 2622(c) and the California Code of Regulations § 3602, the December 10, 2015 release commences a 90-day comment period during which concerned jurisdictions, state agencies, and the public shall submit comments to the State Mining and Geology Board for review and consideration.  Comments should be sent to the State Mining and Geology Board by 5:00 p.m. March 9, 2016.  Comments should be addressed to:

        Executive Officer
        State Mining and Geology Board
        801 K Street, MS 20-15
        Sacramento, CA  95814
        (916) 322-1082

    Public Hearings

    ​The State Mining and Geology Board will hold public hearings within local jurisdictions​ during the 90-day comment period.
    Click here ​for the El Dorado County notice.

  • On June 11, 2015, the SMGB approved its revised Model Surface Mining and Reclamation Ordinance. It is intended for use by City and County lead agencies desiring assistance in developing their SMARA ordinances.  While this model contains each of the elements required to be in a SMARA ordinance, as well as some additional elements common to ordinances in use statewide, it should be appropriately modified to reflect local conditions and practices.  Some provisions may not be applicable to some lead agencies. The use of this model by a lead agency is discretionary, and its form is not mandated by law.

  • At its March 12, 2015 regular business meeting, the SMGB adopted the 2015-16 Strategic Plan.​        


Meeting Information​

  • The Agenda Notices for the February 18, 2016 committee and regular business meetings can be found here​.​ Staff reports will be available no later than February 11​.

​SMGB Authorities

The SMGB is composed of nine members appointed by the Governor, and confirmed by the Senate, for four-year terms. The SMGB serves as a regulatory, policy, and appeals body representing the State's interests in geology, geologic and seismologic hazards, conservation of mineral resources and reclamation of lands following surface mining activities.

The SMGB operates within the Department of Conservation, and is granted certain autonomous responsibilities and obligations under several statutes including the Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning Act, the Seismic Hazards Mapping Act, and the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act. The SMGB's general authority is granted under Public Resources Code (PRC) Sections 660-678. Specifically, PRC Section 662(b) requires all SMGB members to "represent the general public interest".

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