February 13, 2018
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is considering a request by Vermillion Gold for negotiated metallic mineral leases in Itasca and Saint Louis Counties as shown in the maps below. The maps display the requested negotiated state nonferrous metallic mineral leases and active state nonferrous metallic mineral leases. Additional data regarding DNR's land use and environmental screening and general surface owner are provided in the interactive web map, GIS data, and Microsoft Excel data table.
Maps and Data
Vermillion Gold holds 18 active state nonferrous metallic mineral leases in Itasca, Koochiching, and Saint Louis Counties. Vermillion Gold is requesting to lease approximately 11,560 acres in close proximity to some of its existing state leases.
The DNR has authority to negotiate metallic mineral leases under circumstances that are described in Minnesota Rule 6125.0600. All state metallic mineral leases, including negotiated leases, must be approved by the State Executive Council.
Minnesota Rule 6125.0600 »
The DNR accepted written public input about the areas under consideration for lease from January 8, 2018 through 4:30 p.m. on February 8, 2018.
Following Public Input
Following the review of the public input, the DNR will finalize the areas that it will recommend for lease. The DNR will publish information and maps about these areas on this webpage along with the date, time and place of the State Executive Council meeting at which the leases will be considered.