USGS mineral-resource assessment of Sagebrush Focal Areas in the western United States

Fact Sheet 2016-3074
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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists have completed an assessment of the mineral-resource potential of nearly 10 million acres of Federal and adjacent lands in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming. The assessment of these lands, identified as Sagebrush Focal Areas, was done at the request of the Bureau of Land Management. The assessment results will be used in the decision-making process that the Department of the Interior is pursuing toward the protection of large areas of contiguous sagebrush habitat for the greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) in the Western United States. The detailed results of this ambitious study are published in the five volumes of USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5089 and seven accompanying data releases.

Suggested Citation

Frank, D.G., Frost, T.P., Day, W.C., and the USGS SaMiRA team, 2016, U.S. Geological Survey mineral-resource assessment of Sagebrush Focal Areas in the Western United States: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3074, 4 p.,

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

Study Area

Table of Contents

  • What was Studied and Where?
  • How was This Study Accomplished?
  • Mineral-Deposit Terms
  • Potential for Locatable Minerals in Proposed Withdrawal Areas
  • What are the Results of This Study?
  • USGS-Evaluated Potential for Locatable Minerals Summarized by Proposed Withdrawal Area Within Sagebrush Focal Area

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title USGS mineral-resource assessment of Sagebrush Focal Areas in the western United States
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2016-3074
DOI 10.3133/fs20163074
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center
Description 4 p.
Country United States
State Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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