Rock Hounding in Northeast Washington
New over-restrictive regulations are threatening the rights of anyone to collect fossils and limiting research which has been mainly driven by discovories by amatures over the past 100 years. Please comment here: https://www.savefossilcollecting.org/
Joseph Frank Lawson, 47, brother of member Becky Fritz, died early Friday morning, December 9th due to a fire in his home. A memorial is posted here.
The club decided to extend the time that we would meet “early” to all meetings from October to March. This gives members from further away more daylight to drive in, at least on the way to the meeting. So starting this Tuesday, October 18th, we will start the meeting at 6 PM until after the rock show in March.
The July PGMC newsletter will be late due to “technical difficulties” like both of my printers went bad at the same time. Hang in there. It’s coming.
This gallery contains 23 photos.
The February 2016 newsletter is now online. You can also check out the new Gem and Mineral Show Poster.
I just stumbled on this “live” report going on every day from the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. If you wonder what it is like down there, check this out:
Reports Indicate that the President May Move to Make Designations in the California Desert
Despite legislation moving in both Houses of Congress, there are rumors that the Administration is considering National Monument designations in the California Desert. Please Take Action now to send an email urging the President NOT to move forward with these designations!
ARRA has previously alerted you that Senator Feinstein (D-CA) and Representative Cook (R-CA) each have introduced legislation (S. 414 and H.R. 3668) that would provide for the management of the lands being considered for National Monument designation. These bills were developed over time and are the result of collaboration and compromise between various groups with often competing interests. These bills call for a federal advisory committee with a seat to be filled by a Rockhound. Yes, a named seat reserved for a Rockhound.
It is unlikely the Administration will designate the multiple OHV recreation areas designated as such in the Feinstein and Cook bills. As for the areas that will be designated as National Monuments – while motorized recreation and other multiple uses are not specifically prohibited in National Monument areas, history has proven that even the most responsible multiple uses are banned or restricted once an area is designated. (No Rockhounding) There will be no collecting of Biological, Geological, Historical or Minerals within these 3 National Monuments. There goes the Cady Mountains, Afton Canyon, Lavic Siding, WIley Wells and most other collecting areas remaining in the California Deserts.
Please send an email urging you’re Administration NOT to move forward with National Monument designations in the California desert!