This is a 113-year-old, 1,800 member non-profit, non-partisan trade association founded in Spokane, Washington during the early years of the Coeur d’Alene Mining District. We were soon supporting the mining industry throughout the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, and the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
Today, NWMA is a regional association representing our members’ interests throughout the United States and Canada, and facilitating their global interests. NWMA serves in the role of the state mining association for Oregon and Washington, working closely with sister organizations representing the aggregate industry. We also work closely with the National Mining Association, state mining associations in the western United States, as well as provincial and regional mining associations throughout Canada.
NWMA is recognized throughout the world as an innovative and proactive leader in addressing the needs of an increasingly global mining industry. Today, our members reside in 35 U.S. states, 6 Canadian provinces or Territories, and 5 other countries.
We are governed by a thirty member Board of Trustees who serve staggered three-year terms. Nine Trustees are elected each year by the membership. The volunteer officers of the Association are selected annually by the Trustees. The day to day affairs of the Association are managed by a paid, Professional Staff headed by the Association’s Executive Director.
NWMA’s purpose is to represent and inform members on, legislative, regulatory and technical issues, to support and advance the mineral resource and related industries, to provide for the dissemination of educational materials related to mining, and to foster and promote economic opportunity and environmentally responsible mining.