Bitterroot Forest reacts to claims regarding West Fork mine

After a new mining company recently announced that it intends to develop a rare-earth metals mine in the headwaters of the Bitterroot River, the Bitterroot National Forest issued a statement saying it hadn’t received a mining application from the company.

At the end of January, U.S. Critical Materials Corp. announced it had discovered "the highest-grade (rare-earth element) deposit in the United States" among its 223 mining claims near the confluence of Sheep Creek and the West Fork of the Bitterroot.

Samples showed the deposit contains 9% total rare-earth oxides, a notably high percentage.

Read more from the Missoula Current here...

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