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.
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|Company/Individual||Headquarters||Number of Claims||Acreage Claimed||Date(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|
Some of the claimants in this table may be in partnership with other individuals or companies with a claim to the same land.