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Temple Mountain

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.

Figure 7

Finished PUF closure capped with a protective layer of concrete and rock fill.

Figure 8

Calyx mine shaft appears untouched after PUF closure.

Figure 9

Camp Bird mine, where a large stope closure by trackhoe was engineered around a small timber A-frame structure and a historic inscription.

Figure 10

Contractor’s ramp up a rock ledge to access the stope with his excavator, effectively avoiding the A-frame.

Figure 11

The backfilled stope and undisturbed A-frame at Camp Bird mine.

Figure 12

The undisturbed inscription just below the backfilled stop at Camp Bird mine. Looking north east across toward Gothic Mountain.

Figure 13

The final appearance of the Camp Bird mine site. The inscription is located on the rock face on the left side of the faceup trench, across from the large grey rock on the right side of the trench.

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