• Dave Harmon, PW editor

Zinke puts federal land north of Yellowstone NP off-limits to mining for 20 years

Tourism has trumped mining in a scenic valley just north of Yellowstone National Park that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, following the lead of former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, said would be off-limits to new mining claims for two decades.

Two years ago Secretary Jewell and Under Secretary of Agriculture Robert Bonnie traveled to Chico Hot Springs, Montana, just north of the park, to announce that the Obama adminstration would block new mining claims on 30,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service lands just north of the park.

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