Panorama Gem

Rock Hounding in Northeast Washington

Visit Rex

May 12th, 2017

Rex Barrans, the best field trip leader we have ever had, is in the VA hospital in Spokane. If you have a chance, please visit him.

Rex Barrans leading field trip to Red Marble Quarry 2009

Meetings Start at 6 PM

October 13th, 2016

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.

Field Trip to Horseshoe Mountain

June 16th, 2016

Oppose New National Monuments in California

February 5th, 2016

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! 

Forest Service Plans to Destroy Roads in Oregon

January 3rd, 2016

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.

http://forestaccessforall.org/recommended-roads-for-decommissioningdestruction/

We very much appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you on Saturday, or hearing from you at any time.