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.

 Highlighted Content



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.
Inspection Training ​​​​WorkshopsInspection Training ​​​​WorkshopsTo register for one of the workshops please visit the registration page. Current Schedule (Dates and locations subject to change).
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 and Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA) throughout California.



Bat Week Interview with an Environmental Scientist & Wildlife BiologistBat Week Interview with an Environmental Scientist & Wildlife BiologistTo bring attention to this year's Bat Week, this week on the blog we spoke to Trinity Smith, an environmental scientist and wildlife biologist in DMR's Abandoned Mine Lands Unit. Abandoned mines may be hazardous to the public, but valuable habitat for wildlife such as bats. https://calconservation.blog/2020/10/26/bat-week-interview-environmental-scientist-wildlife-biologist/, https://calconservation.blog/2020/10/26/bat-week-interview-environmental-scientist-wildlife-biologist/https://www.conservation.ca.gov/Lists/News/DispForm.aspx?ID=1462020-10-26T22:00:00Z
New Document Submittal ProcessNew Document Submittal ProcessThe Division of Mine Reclamation created a centralized email address for Lead Agencies submitting required documents to the Division.https://www.conservation.ca.gov/dmr/publications/Documents/DMR New Submittal Process.pdf, New Document Submittal Processhttps://www.conservation.ca.gov/dmr/Lists/News/DispForm.aspx?ID=82019-10-18T19:00:00Z



 Contact Us

​8​01 K Street, MS 09-06
Sacramento, CA 95814

​​​​(916) 323-9198
 (916) 322-4862
 DMR Headquarters
 DMR Webmaster

Report Suspected Unpermitted Activities

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