Mining and Mining Claims

ORS 517.210
Recording affidavit of annual compliance

Within 30 days after the performance of labor or making of improvements, or making federal fee payments required by law to be annually performed or made upon any mining claim, the person in whose behalf such labor was performed or improvement or payment was made, or someone in behalf of the person, knowing the facts, shall make and have recorded in the Mineral and Mining Record of the county in which the mining claim is situated, an affidavit setting forth:


The name of the claim or claims if grouped and a reference to the record where the location notice of each such claim is recorded.


The number of days’ work done and the character and value of the improvements placed thereon, together with their location.


The dates of performing the labor and making the improvements.


At whose instance or request the work was done or improvements made.


The actual amount paid for the labor and improvements, and by whom paid, when the same was not done by the claim owner.


That the federal fee requirements have been met by the owner or agent and that the owner or agent intends to hold the claim in good standing for the applicable assessment year. [Amended by 1993 c.443 §1; 1999 c.654 §32]

Notes of Decisions

Failure to comply with this statute does not constitute failure to file under Federal Land Policy and Management Act, 43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq., and does not result in presumption of abandonment. Gammelgaard v. Hillis Peak Enterprises, Inc., 116 Or App 641, 842 P2d 457 (1992), Sup Ct review denied

Chapter 517

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Power of Department of Environmental Quality to regulate mining activities and recovery of oil and geothermal activities, (1972) Vol 35, p 1100

Law Review Citations

4 EL 370 (1974)


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