State Abandoned-Mines Project Wins Safety
November 1, 2004
New Mexico's Abandoned Mine Land Program has received
the "Best in the West Award" from the Department of the Interior's Office of
The Cerrillos South Mine Safeguard Project, located 25
miles south of Santa Fe, was selected by Interior's Office of Surface Mining and
member states and tribes for exemplary abandoned mine land
"The Abandoned Mine Land Program protects our citizens
from unsafe mine openings, of which there still remain thousands in our state,"
Bill Brancard, director of the Mining and Minerals Division, said in a news
The Abandoned Mine Land Bureau is a part of the state
Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department's Mining and Minerals
The award-winning project is located within the
Cerrillos Hills Historic Park, which is a 1,116-acre Santa Fe County Open Space
Park. The project focused on securing more than 87 openings while preserving
Creative solutions were designed to protect wildlife
habitat, including gates with bat and raptor access. Interpretive signs and mine
closure methods, such as viewing platforms, were incorporated.
According to the news release, the award was handed out
at the 26th annual National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs
Conference recently held in Flagstaff.
States Mine Rescue Association