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

The mission of the State Mining and Geology Board is to provide profession​al expertise and guidance, and to represent ​the State's interest in the development, utilization, and conservation of mineral resources, the reclamation of mined lands, and the development and dissemination of geologic and seismic hazard information to protect the health and welfare of the people of California.

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October 11, 2018
The next meeting will be held October 11, 2018 in Sacramento. The Agenda Notice will be published on September 26.


August 6, 2018
Pablo Garza, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the State Mining and Geology Board.  Mr. Garza has been California Political Director for the Ecosystems Program at the Environmental Defense Fund since 2017. He was Associate Director of State Policy and External Affairs at the Nature Conservancy from 2011 to 2016, where he was External Affairs Manager from 2008-2010. Garza was a legislative assistant in the Office of California State Senator Dean Florez from 2007-2008, associate consultant at the California State Assembly Committee on Business and Professions from 2005-2007, and a legislative assistant in the Office of California State Assemblymember Lou Correa from 2003-2004. Garza earned a Master of Arts degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

June 28, 2018
​The SMGB is now accepting online payments.  For more information, please click here

June 7, 2018
The SMGB has commenced an informal pre-rulemaking comment period for the development and revision of regulations pertaining to Financial Assurance Cost Estimate Appeals. Form more information, please click here.

June 6, 2018
​The Office of Administrative Law has approved the SMGB's rulemaking package associated with Financial Assurance Mechanisms- Letters of Credit and Certificates of Deposits.  For more information, please click here​​​.

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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