The BLM Considers a Proposal to Expand the Rocky Mountain Pumice Mine

The proposed project is located about 5.5 miles west of Española along Forest Road 144 and would involve development of pumice on about 380 more acres than are presently being mined on lands owned by CR Minerals.  The existing mine has been in operation since the early 1960’s and was purchased by CR Minerals in 1998.

While the project involves the phased migration of mining onto adjacent public lands, the current levels of operation and productivity are not expected to change, except for typical, market-driven fluctuations.  The project also includes interim reclamation of mined-out areas not needed for stockpiling.  If approved, operation of the mine could potentially be extended for over 30 years.

The EA is available for review online at  Copies are also available for viewing at the Taos Field Office on 226 Cruz Alta Road.

Mail comments to Brad Higdon, BLM Taos Field Office, 226 Cruz Alta Road, Taos, NM 87571 or by e-mail to  For more information, call (575) 758-8851.