Sugartree Mountain - Arkansas
Mining in the Natural State
The Native American word for "good hunting grounds" is “Ouachita,” and the name holds true for those in pursuit of wild turkeys in Arkansas' Ouachita National Forest. But the measures taken to protect the species during critical nesting and brooding seasons may be for naught in some areas. New mining claims have been staked near the Ouachita's Sugartree Mountain. If developed, this could spell trouble for hunters and habitat.
The 1872 Mining Law applies primarily to western public lands, but there are pockets of land in the East that come under its purview. According to the Bureau of Land Management, mining claims may still be staked in 14 western states as well as Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi and Nebraska.
- John C. Nichols, "Minerals Hardrock Permitting: Acquired and Public Domain Lands," Ouachita National Forest, Minerals and Geology, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, undated.