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Mining Claim Owners in Siskiyou County

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The hardrock mining industry owns gold, silver, and other precious metals and minerals beneath an estimated 38,251 acres of U.S. public land in Siskiyou County, acquired for as little as $0.84 per acre and held in perpetuity for a yearly rental fee as low as $0.62 an acre. Under a 132-year-old law originally intended to spur development of the West, an industry dominated by a handful of multinational corporations pays no federal royalties, and leaves behind a landscape of dramatically diminished value, scarred with tunnels, pits, and toxic waste piles.

Mining Claim Owners 21-40 of 721: (ranked by acres claimed)

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  Company/IndividualHeadquartersNumber of ClaimsAcreage ClaimedDate(s) Filed
21 Dino Ortiz San Bernardino, CA 10 1,360 1991 to 1995
22 Eagle Picher Minerals Inc Reno, NV 64 1,280 1994
23 Rafaela Martinez San Bernardino, CA 9 1,280 1991 to 1992
24 Elizabeth Ortiz San Bernardino, CA 8 1,260 1991 to 1992
25 Steven Nunez San Bernardino, CA 8 1,260 1991 to 1992
26 Consuelo Ortiz San Bernardino, CA 8 1,260 1991 to 1992
27 Janice Solso Myrtle Creek, OR 14 1,200 2003
28 Ken Olson Canyonville, CA 14 1,200 2003
29 Desiree Solso Winston, OR 14 1,200 2003
30 Bill Stumpf Happy Camp, CA 10 1,120 1989 to 2000
31 Evangeline Bramel San Bernardino, CA 7 1,120 1991 to 1992
32 US Pumice Co Chatsworth, CA 49 980 1916 to 1996
33 Fred Aloisi Sawyers Bar, CA 21 931 1985
34 David Solso Palmer, AK 10 880 2003
35 Lawrence J Hinton Yreka, CA 7 840 1936 to 2002
36 Hilding W Sessoms San Bernardino, CA 5 800 1997 to 1998
37 A Blake Happy Camp, CA 13 786 2003
38 Universal Rockwell West Jordan, UT 37 762 1995 to 1999
39 S Blake Happy Camp, CA 11 745 2003
40 Rex Kerr Happy Camp, CA 5 700 2002 to 2003
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