CHELAN, Wash. — The Bureau of Land Management announced today [July 22, 2022] a public land order extension for the Holden Mine Reclamation Site for an additional 20-year period. This extension allows the U.S. Forest Service to continue maintenance and monitoring of reclamation occurring within the mine site near Lake Chelan, Washington.
The order withdraws approximately 1,285 acres of National Forest System land in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest from the activities of mineral location and entry under Federal mining laws.
The Holden Mine Reclamation Project area was originally withdrawn under PLO No. 7533 issued in 2002. The withdrawal protected ongoing cleanup efforts at the Holden Mine Site. This withdrawal extension ensures future success of remediation work and prevents further site contamination through August 2042.
— Bureau of Land Management