Rock Hounding in Northeast Washington
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has a new “story map” series online that shows places to rockhound in Washington.
It also spells out the rules you should take into consideration for State, Federal and private land. Click on the Mineral and Fossil map option. The little spots on the map show collecting sites. You can zoom in to get a better idea of the locations but there are not always driving instructions or exact coordinates. What surprised me was that it shows many more collection sites for things like trilobites, fossils, petrified wood and gemstones than I knew about.
The newsletters for May and June are now online. Check the 2018 newsletter page for links. Use the search function to find topics in previous newsletters.
There is a field trip scheduled to the LeFarge Quarry for Trilobites on Saturday July 28th. Meet at the Tiger Store at the intersection of Hwy 20 and Hwy 31, 10 AM. (New Place due to events in Ione.) This is one of the most popular trips of the year. Be prepared for hot weather and splitting layers of rocks safely.
Saturday the 23rd of June There is a trip to the Flagstaff mine near Northport. Meet at the gas station at the north end of Northport at 10 AM to collect Barite Crystals. Bring rock breaking tools.
We are going to the Railway Dike on July 7th to collect Beryl Crystals. Meet at the Safeway parking lot in Chewelah at 10 AM. Bring rock breaking tools.
You don’t need to be a member to go on trips with us. Check out previous trips using the mine names or rock types in the search box on this website.
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/
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!
The US Forest Service has recommended the destruction of 1,261 miles of roads in Union, Baker, Wallowa and Northern Grant Counties at the expressed concern of the people of Eastern Oregon. Link attached to maps is below, any road in red have been recommended for destruction.
We have named each map with a geographic area to make it easier for you to find the area you are concerned about.
We will be holding the monthly FAFA business meeting on Saturday, January 2nd, at Baker City in the Sunridge Inn at 3pm to discuss this matter along with other issues.
We very much appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you on Saturday, or hearing from you at any time.
Message from Hidemi Kira, NFMS President:
To ALAA Members and Rockhounds in the Pacific Northwest,
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is holding a series of public meetings across the west to gather information on a proposal to withdraw lands determined to be crucial to the survival of the greater sage-grouse from location and entry under the 1872 Mining Law, subject to valid existing rights. The BLM is also extending the public comment period on the withdrawal proposal until January 15, 2016 to allow the Secretary of the Interior to collect additional information relevant to the decision on whether to withdraw these areas from the location of new mining claims for up to 20 years. An interactive map of the areas included in the proposed withdrawal is available at www.blm.gov/sagegrouse.
Attached is a sample letter prepared by our 1st VP Jim Bosley for your use and edit as you see fit. Jim thinks each rock club needs to review the map of the proposed withdrawal areas and identify the specific area that they historically use for rockhounding and add to the letter.
Letters need to be submitted by January 15, 2016. The electronic address is included as well as the mailing address for the Director of the BLM.
Map of proposed areas
Amount of letters will count, so please write as your club and pass this sample letter to your members for them to write as an individual.
And this affects a lot of small communities, so please try to get those community leaders in your area involved.
Thank you and Happy New Year!