The Mining and Metallurgical Society of America (MMSA), in partnership with Trout Unlimited (TU); Colorado School of Mines; University of Nevada Reno College of Science; and others presents the 6th Annual Summit – Abandoned Mine Lands Update

The Mining and Metallurgical Society of America (MMSA), in partnership with Trout Unlimited (TU); and the Sierra Fund presents the 6th Annual Symposium:

6th Annual Summit – Abandoned Mine Lands Update
July 24-25, 2024

This Symposium is the sixth in a series of public forums convened by MMSA and its growing coalition of partners to bring stakeholders with a vested interest in improving landscapes impacted by Abandoned Mine Lands together. Status updates of the ongoing Good Samaritan legislative and administrative efforts will be provided and opportunities for more collaboration will be discussed. Building on the lessons learned from previous Summits, delegates will continue to share their work experiences from the field and explore the best paths forward to ensure that legacy mine lands in the West are improved to the benefit of wildlife and communities.

The Symposium will occur on July 24, 2024. An optional field trip is being planned for July 25, 2024 and will have a separate sign-up. There is no charge to attend the symposium. The Tour will be in two parts:

Join a morning walking tour of a segment of the Deer Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City. Nevada City has a long history of gold mining operations, with 16 major mines having operated in the area. After gold was discovered in Deer Creek, Nevada City rapidly became the largest and wealthiest mining town in California. Over twenty community entities (neighborhood associations/town/county/state/water agencies/nonprofits/land trusts/ and tribe) have built the Tribute Trail over a decade and led other revitalization of the area. Walk the trail and learn more about how the community, including the Nevada City Nisenan Rancheria and California Heritage Indigenous Research Project, have built the trail and bridges, done other land restoration, and learn of remaining challenges and dreams for the future. 

For the afternoon, we will visit the abandoned Spenceville copper mine, located in western Nevada County California, within California Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) Spenceville Wildlife Area. The mine reclamation was a unique and successful blending of multiple government and private-sector entities to eliminate a significant environmental and safety hazard while enhancing recreational opportunities of public lands. 

Transportation and lunch will be provided for the tour. We will leave from the Gold Miner’s Inn at 8:00 a.m.

There is a block of rooms being held at the Gold Miner’s Inn. You can reserve by calling the hotel at 530-477-1700 ext. 1 and ask for the MMSA rate. This block will expire June 23.

Symposium Registration

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More Information

For more information about participating in the 2024 Summit, contact MMSA at or 720-203-2380