The Montana Bureau of
Mines and Geology is the principal source of earth science information
for the citizens of Montana. Since 1919, it has been mandated to conduct
research and assist in the orderly development of the State's mineral and
water resources. As a non-regulatory agency, the Bureau provides
extensive advisory, technical, and informational services on geologic,
mineral, energy, and water resources in the State. Increasingly, the Bureau
also is involved in the study of environmental impacts to land and water,
whether the impacts were caused by past practices in hard-rock mining or
by current activities in agriculture or industry.
The Bureau's basic
support comes from a biennial legislative appropriation. Additionally,
the Bureau seeks funding for extensive research from outside sources.
Many of our projects are conducted jointly with various State
and Federal agencies, county governments, municipalities, and other local
groups. Operating out of two offices in Montana, in Butte and Billings (located on the Montana
Tech and MSU-Billings campuses,
respectively), we employ 59 full-time staff, including
31 research professionals and 24 in technical/clerical positions. Products
of the Bureau's research are published by our Information Services
Division or through the scientific literature.