A Legacy of Our Search for Mineral Wealth

Abandoned Mineral Lands (AML) include old mines and oil wells, buildings and foundations, and equipment and tools. There are many hazards at AML sites that need to be addressed, but they are also important as cultural resources and habitat.

Deserted, these sites stand in silent testimony to those who pioneered this country in search of wealth and freedom. Learn what the National Park Service is doing with AML and how you can help.

A ranger surveys a dangerous mine opening

Understanding Abandoned Mineral Lands

Abandoned Mineral sites in our National Parks may contain many hazards, but are also important cultural resources and wildlife habitat

Quincy Mine Hoist House

Visit Mining Heritage Sites

The legacy of mining can be found in many parks

two people standing in a field with rolling hills in the background

AML Program Activities

NPS actions to address safety, environmental, and cultural resource concerns

Last updated: December 9, 2020


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