Mineral Land Classification

The California Geological Survey (CGS) has a project that provides objective economic-geologic expertise to assist in the protection and development of mineral resources through the land-use planning process. The project is mandated by the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA). The primary products are mineral land classification maps and reports. Local agencies are required to use the classification information when developing land-use plans and when making land-use decisions. The project is managed by CGS.

Publication Index

open pit mine Publications of the SMARA Mineral Land Classification Project Dealing with Mineral Resources in California (pdf) - This reference is a chronological index of mineral land classification reports produced by staff of  CGS's SMARA Mineral Land Classification Project since 1979. The reports are also indexed by county.

MLC maps and reports are also available in: The CGS Information Warehouse: MLC

Aggregate Sustainability in California - Map Sheet 52, Updated 2012

This map and accompanying text provides general information about the current availability of California's permitted aggregate resources.  The map compares projected aggregate demand for the next 50 years with currently permitted aggregate resources in 31 regions of the state. The map also highlights regions where there are less than 10 years of permitted aggregate supply remaining.

Download Map (3.8 MB PDF Document)
Download Report  (PDF Document)

Mineral Lands Classification Guidelines and Petition Information

Download Guidelines for Classification and Designation Petitions (PDF Document)
Download Petition Form for Classification-Designation of Mineral Lands (PDF Document)

The Petition needs to be sent to:

The State Mining and Geology Board
Attn: Jeffrey Schmidt
801 K Street MS 20-15
Sacramento, CA   95814

Make Check payable to: The State Mining and Geology Board