Hard-rock mining continues to threaten this spectacular landscape in the Bodie Hills. More than 200 active mining claims remain in the Bodie Hills as of 2018. Industrial scale resource development and extraction has not been a sustainable economic driver in the region; the coalition believes that threatening natural resources and heritage tourism will not only hurt the health of the community’s economy, but it will also hurt the region’s quality of life. Cougar Gold, a subsidiary of one of the world’s largest gold exploration companies, Electrum, was interested in 2011 in large-scale gold mining exploration and may become again. Hard-rock mining is always a boom-and-bust enterprise and would degrade the scenic, historic and habitat values of the Bodie Hills and would undermine sustainable economic development through tourism and recreation.

April 16, 2021

Mining Threat at Spring Peak in the Bodie Hills

Mining Threat at Spring Peak in Bodie Hills Spring Peak is in the southeast corner of the Bodie Hills, on the Nevada side. The road in […]
March 4, 2021

Spring Peak Mining Update

Spring Peak mining update On November 24 BHCP conducted a site visit to Spring Peak to assess the drilling progress. At the Forest Service road access […]
November 5, 2020

OceanaGold Begins Exploration at Spring Peak

OceanaGold Begins Exploration at Spring Peak One year ago the Forest Service approved drilling at the Spring Peak area under a categorical exemption After new communications […]
September 9, 2019

Prospecting for Gold in the Bodie Hills…Again

by Lynn Boulton Thar’s gold in them thar hills….well yes, there is. How much, we don’t know. Most of the gold present in the Bodie Hills […]
September 9, 2019

Desert Gold: Part II

By Kim Stringfellow The General Mining Act of 1872 encourages exploration, claiming and mining of valuable mineral deposits by U.S. citizens of “ordinary prudence” within public lands […]
August 15, 2019

NEW MINING THREAT in the Bodie Hills

There is a NEW MINING THREAT in the Bodie Hills! We recently learned that another Canadian company, Radius Gold, is proposing mining exploration in the Bodie […]
July 11, 2019

Once Again Threatened by Gold Miners

Conglomerate Mesa – On the Western Rim of Owens Lake by Tom Budlong Nine companies[1] have looked for gold at Conglomerate Mesa. Looked and left. The […]
March 24, 2011

No Change in Bodie WSA Status

The last two months have provided a renewed spotlight on the Bodie Hills. Hundreds of letters were written to the Mono County Board of Supervisors as […]
February 2, 2011

Mining Threats Loom Large

Mining interests pose an increasing threat to the wild lands and open spaces of the Bodie Hills. On Tuesday, February 15, 2011, the Mono County Supervisors will hear […]