Together with the U.S. Forest Service, we proposed a land exchange to consolidate our respective land ownerships. The Forest Service subsequently authorized the exchange in its Final Record of Decision January 9, 2017, and the transaction closed June 28, 2018.
The transfer of surface rights to approximately 6,650 acres of federal lands to PolyMet gave the company control over both surface and mineral rights in and around the NorthMet ore body, which is near an area historically used for mining and associated infrastructure. Likewise, PolyMet’s transfer of title of four tracts of private land to the Forest Service totaling 6,690 acres further consolidated the Superior National Forest’s land holdings in northeast Minnesota.
With the exchange, PolyMet has total surface rights, including ownership and other use and occupancy rights, to approximately 19,000 contiguous acres (30 square miles) of land including the land at the mine and processing sites, the transportation corridor connecting those sites, and buffer.
Environmental effects and mitigation of the land exchange were analyzed as part of the NorthMet Project Final Environmental Impact Statement.
See more details in our land exchange booklet.