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Downloadable Mining Database

The Division's publicly available dataset of mine information is provided in .csv format. This file can be opened with MS Excel, ESRI ArcGIS, and most database management software (e.g. SQL, Oracle, etc.). To open the file, save (644 KB) to a directory. contains two files: an excel compatible spreadsheet named gismines.csv and a data documentation file named MinesMetaData.html. Unzip/extract and open gismines.csv using a spreadsheet or database application. The documentation file can be viewed directly using any internet browser application. The .csv file is composed of the same data offered through the online searchable database. Please review the disclaimer on data provided by the NYSDEC Division of Mineral Resources.


This dataset contains information from the Division of Mineral Resources Mined Lands permit files. Please note that:

  1. The dataset contains most mines permitted since 1983 but only a limited number of mines from before 1983.
  2. Coordinate locations are approximate.
  3. The dataset has not been completely error checked. Some errors in location or attribute values may exist.
  4. The dataset may contain multiple points at a single location.
  5. Mines with unknown or grossly incorrect coordinates do not appear in the dataset.

Location Accuracy

The locations in the dataset were obtained from a number of sources. Locations have generally been scaled from USGS 71/2 minute topographic maps provided by the applicant. The location may be either the approximate centroid of the mine or the point where the mine access road enters a public road. This data has not been field-verified but is expected to be within 100 meters of the actual facility. The data should not be used for precise determination of facility buildings, property or mine entrances. It is most useful for determining general locations of mines. All locations are in the NAD 83 datum.

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Database Fields

Database Fields for Mining Datasets
Field Name Explanation
Mineid The mine identification code. The first digit is the DEC region number and digits 2-4 are an accession number within the region
PermitteeName Name of the operator on the active permit
Minename The name of the mine
contact_FirstName Permittee first name
contact_LastName Permitte last name
Address1 Permittee address
Address2 Permittee address
City Permittee city
State Permittee state
Zip1 Permittee zip code
Zip2 Permittee additional zip code
Phone Permittee phone number
Status Status of Mine (see Mine Status Codes below)
Location Name or address of facility location
County County name where mine is located
Town Town where mine is located
AcresControlled Total acreage controlled by permittee at mine site
AcresLifeOfMine The amount of acres that were/are or going to be permitted over the entire life of the mine.
AcresAffected Total amount of acres affected or to be affected from April 1, 1975 to present.
AcresReclaimed Acres Reclaimed represents the number of acres approved as reclaimed at permitted sites since 1975.
AcresBB The current net affected acres or to be affected acres at the mine site, derived from AcresAffected minus AcresReclaimed and used to determine the billable acres at a mine site.

Range of net affected acres for fee billing purposes.

An abbreviated number representation of the amount of net affected acres currently permitted and billed.
1 = a mine with a net affected acreage of up to and including 5 acres,
2 = a mine with a net affected acreage greater than 5 up to and including 10 acres,
3 = a mine with a net affected acreage greater than 10 up to and including 20 acres,
4 = a mine with a net affected acreage greater than 20 up to and including 30 acres,
5 = a mine with a net affected acreage greater than 30 acres.

Commodity Mineral resource that has been mined or is planned to be mined; typically a sediment, soil, mineral ore or rock type
InitDate Date of initial permit
Issuedate Permit issue date
enddate Permit expiration date
Last_inspect_date Date of last mine inspection
Latitude Latitude (decimal degrees) NAD83 Datum
Longitude Longitude (decimal degrees) NAD 83 Datum
ReclamationType Type of reclamation
Finsecamt Amount of financial security required to ensure reclamation
Undgnd Denotes an underground mine (e.g. accessed by slope, shaft or drift)
ModDate Date record was last modified
MapFlag Codes for GIS mapping and symbolizing of mine types (see Map Symbols code list below)
LINK Link to searchable online database record for an individual mine
Map Symbols
Code Explanation
C Consolidated Materials Surface Mine
CR Reclaimed Consolidated Materials Surface Mine
UC Unconsolidated Materials Surface Mine
UCR Reclaimed Unconsolidated Materials Surface Mine
UNG Underground Mine
UNGR Reclaimed Underground Mine

Mine Status Codes
Code Explanation
A Active/Permitted
R Reclaimed
E Expired; not reclaimed
P Pending; permit not issued
T Transfer of permit to another mine
N Never permitted
Q Temporary code for other mines

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