Officials are recommending blocking new mining claims on 30,000 acres of public lands around Emigrant Peak, which towers over the Paradise Valley in Montana north of Yellowstone National Park. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Officials are recommending blocking new mining claims on 30,000 acres of public lands around Emigrant Peak, which towers over the Paradise Valley in Montana north of Yellowstone National Park. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Agency endorses plan to block new mining near Yellowstone

A final decision is up to the office of U.S. Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke, who favors the withdrawal.

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