Division of Mine Reclamation

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In 1991, the Division of Mine Reclamation (DMR) was created to provide a measure of oversight for local governments as they administer the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) within their respective jurisdictions.  While the primary focus is on existing mining operations and the return of those mined lands to a usable and safe condition, issues relating to abandoned legacy mines are addressed through the Abandoned Mine Lands Unit.  ​Learn more about California's mining history through our interactive story map, Mining in California​

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Mine Inspection WorkshopsMine Inspection WorkshopsUpcoming Workshop! Visit the Mine Inspection Workshops page to view and register.
Abandoned Mine Lands UnitAbandoned Mine Lands UnitThe Abandoned Mine Lands Unit (AMLU) was created in 1997 to identify and address the safety and environmental contamination hazards from legacy abandoned mines.
Lead Agency Review and AssistanceLead Agency Review and AssistanceThe goal of the Department of Conservation’s Division of Mine Reclamation Lead Agency Review and Assistance (LARA) Program is to ensure effective local administration of the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA) throughout California.



Lindsay Whalin named Supervisor of the Division of Mine ReclamationLindsay Whalin named Supervisor of the Division of Mine ReclamationIn February 2024, Lindsay Whalin was named Supervisor of the Division of Mine Reclamation, after leading the Abandoned Mine Lands Unit since 2022. https://www.conservation.ca.gov/index/Pages/About-Us/Lindsay-Whalin.aspx, https://www.conservation.ca.gov/index/Pages/About-Us/Lindsay-Whalin.aspxhttps://www.conservation.ca.gov/dmr/Lists/News/DispForm.aspx?ID=122024-04-15T21:55:00Z



 Contact Us

​​​715 P Street, MS 1905​
Sacramento, CA 95814

​​​​(916) 323-9198​
 DMR Headquarters
 DMR Web​​master

Report Suspected Unpermitted Activities

Call 877-OLD-MINE if you believe you have found an abandoned mine


 DMR Sub​​mittals
Please see Staff Assignments under Popular Links to determine which team member can assist with each jurisdiction.