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Re: Vandalism of Gated Mines Leads to Safety, Resource Concerns

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avatar Vandalism of Gated Mines Leads to Safety, Resource Concerns
March 03, 2014 08:50PM
Release Date: Mar 3, 2014
Contact(s): Deb Schweizer Public Affairs Specialist, 760-873-2427, debraaschweizer@fs.fed.us

Bishop, Calif., March 3, 2014 – Recent vandalism of gated mines on the Inyo National Forest have led to concerns for safety for visitors, can expose bats to pathogens and disease, and add additional costs of re-gating the mines.

The forest is working to block abandoned mines that pose a safety hazard to the visiting public. Among the possible multiple hazards include open shafts, unstable rock and decayed support, deadly gases and lack of oxygen, explosives and toxic chemicals, and horizontal and vertical openings. Please visit Stay Out, Stay Alivefor more information about safety around abandoned mines.

Additionally, many abandoned mines protect and preserve important habitat for wildlife, especially bats.

White-nose syndrome is a fungal disease killing bats in North America. The disease is spread among bats, but may also be spread by people who carry the fungus to un-infected areas. While white-nose bat syndrome has yet to be detected in western states, it has spread rapidly in the last several years, killing an estimated five million bats. By avoiding abandoned mines, these areas can provide a refuge for bats.

“We understand that old mines incite curiosity and the urge to explore,” said Margaret Wood, District Ranger for the White Mountain and Mount Whitney Districts. “However, these mines are gated to protect you and key habitat. Please respect the closures.”
avatar Re: Vandalism of Gated Mines Leads to Safety, Resource Concerns
March 03, 2014 09:20PM
They have had more than their share of destruction in the Bishop area over the last few years (the cutting/removal of the glyphs comes to mind) They ought to toss the perps down those old mines when/if they catch them.



The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.
Re: Vandalism of Gated Mines Leads to Safety, Resource Concerns
March 04, 2014 06:15AM
Old mining sites can be interesting, but are certainly dangerous. What is sad is how many of the old head (A) frames have been torn down in the last decade. They are really disappearing from the Gold Country landscape.
avatar Re: Vandalism of Gated Mines Leads to Safety, Resource Concerns
March 04, 2014 09:23AM
I say leave the mines open and let Darwin take over. I'm only interested in the tailings. I've found some very nice rocks that I was able to cut and polish to make some beautiful jewelery out of.
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