This year the David L Bucknam Memorial Scholarship Fund is joining local volunteers and the Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety and others at a tree-planting event at the London Mine on Saturday, June 28, 2014. Around 2,000 sapling trees will be planted at a mine tailings reclamation project. The historic London Mine is located at the headwaters of South Mosquito Creek at an elevation of 11,000 feet. Mining and milling operations have been intermittently active at the London Mine since 1875. The London Mine is rich in mining history and is a great location to educate interest groups in the field of mining and reclamation and involve the groups in a community service project.
The London Mine. It is about 95 miles from Denver and about a 2 hour drive. From Fairplay, follow Colorado Highway 9 north toward Alma. At 4.3 miles, before you get to Alma, turn left (west) onto CR-12 Mosquito Pass road, and follow for approximately 4.6 miles. Turn slight left at the Y-intersection (CR-696) and proceed another 1.3 miles to the London Mine. The road leading up to the mine site is in good shape. There is one steep section, take it easy and you'll be fine. Park along the side of the road, it is not used by the public. (Google Map of location here)
WHAT TO BRING
Bring rain gear, jackets, sturdy shoes, lunch/snacks, water, sunscreen, and work gloves. Shovels will be provided but if you have a favorite shovel, that would be great.
We will need everyone to download and sign this Volunteer Form.
If you are planning on joining us, please take a moment to RSVP here so we can plan ahead, and also notify you in case of any changes.