Colorado was built on mining. The Denver area has attracted the governmental, business, and technical infrastructure appropriate to administer, serve and support the mining industry. By the early 1970s, Denver had become a national mining center and since then has evolved into one of the world's major mining and exploration headquarters cities. The history of DREGS and its membership over the past 30 years parallels the growth of Denver and the fortunes of the mining industry in general. Although most members reside within a 50-mile radius of downtown Denver, most are now principally involved in international exploration or mining endeavors.
Initially, most DREGS members were employed by major mining and energy companies. Now we have a very complimentary mix of geologists, geochemists, and geophysicists from major and entrepreneurial junior mining companies; a full spectrum of consultants; mineral deposit specialists from the U.S. Geological Survey, the Colorado Geological Survey, and the several universities in the area. Most members are also active - and some hold or have held key posts - in such national and international societies as The Society of Economic Geologists, The Society of Mining Engineers, The Geological Society of America and the America Institute of Professional Geologists, all of which are also headquartered in the Denver metropolitan area.