Granite Mountain Memorial

The GMMA project consisted of capping 62 acres of exposed mine wastes, 1.5 miles of American Disabilities Association (ADA) multi-use trails, 1.2 miles of walking trails, 2.2 miles of storm water control channels, 3 – 10-year storm event sediment detention basins, 1 mile of paved access roads, 4 paved parking lots, 0.9 miles of unpaved maintenance roads, 1,000 linear feet of municipal water and sewer lines, 2.4 mile of fencing, numerous park amenities (i.e., picnic tables, public restroom facility, trail signage, 40’ X 60’ foot gazebo, decorative barricades, view ports, benches, and etc.), and completion of the Granite Mountain Memorial.  In addition to design, the team provided construction oversight and management services.  The project is estimated at $5.4 million dollars.

Following the remediation work, it was necessary to complete a boundary relocation survey with the lands owned by ARCO and the lands owned by the City-County of Butte-Silver Bow (BSB).  The new boundary was to follow a recently constructed chain link fence with BSB land on the west and ARCO land on the East.

The existing legal descriptions for both owners were portions of, or entire patented Mineral Surveys.  Pioneer completed rigorous research into the public record, including 32 patented claims, but extensive mining and subsequent remediation had obliterated most original evidence of the surveys.  Search locations were generated from surrounding Certificates of Survey, original notes and original plats and a field search commenced.  A small area of undisturbed ground remained and one original corner, an “x” on a boulder in place, was found.  No other original monuments of the eleven (11) affected claims remain.  Using the corner as the basis of the survey, record bearings and distances rotated to geodetic north were generated.  The mineral survey records fit well with each other and the generated lines fit extremely well with existing occupation.

A Certificate of Survey was filed which showed the original location of the eleven (11) patented mineral surveys and their relocated boundary.  Twenty-one (21) claim corners were re-monumented to conform to the Uniform Standards for Survey Monumentation and individual corner records were filed.