March 2016 Review

March 2016 experienced a general increase in mining claims staked on public land but less than the amount in March 2015. There was nearly a five-fold uptick in abandoned acreage last month compared to the year before.  Yet, that amount is only a third as many acres that were claimed over the same time. Nevada continues to be the focus of claim activity, with 127 newly staked claims but only 10 abandoned. Esmeralda, Nevada, in particular, had 116 staked claims in March—91% of the claims staked in Nevada this month.  California lost 88 claims, the most of any state in March and a negative net change. Only 12 claims were staked in California this month. San Bernardino, California accounted for 67 of the closed claims, likely related to new national monuments in the region.