Abandoned Mine Reclamation Project
In another location, two small adits led to a large stope. One adit had a small timber A-frame structure in front of it; the other had a historic inscription (Figure 9). The stope had collapsed, leaving a cavernous opening behind the adits. The contractor had to build a ramp up a rock ledge to access the stope with his excavator (Figure 10). He backfilled the stope with waste rock from the mine dump, removed the ramp, and restored the contours of the mine dump and roadway in front of the adit—all without touching the A-frame (Figure 11) and inscription (Figure 12). The final appearance of the site was virtually unchanged despite having moved 1,000 cubic yards of material (Figure 13).
Emery County officials were well aware of and concerned about the mine hazards, but needed assurance that reclamation would not destroy the qualities that made the area special. Through a series of meetings and site visits with the county commission and its affiliated Emery County Public Lands Council, the UAMRP cultivated a rapport and trust from the county. The Public Lands Council was pleased with the results of the work, and expressed hopes that future mine reclamation work would follow this example. One resident with long family history ties to the area commented afterwards that it was hard to tell that the work had been done. The relationships established during the Temple Mountain Project have eased the course of subsequent projects in Emery County.