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Rock Hounding in Northeast Washington

MIning vs Sage-Grouse on BLM Land

January 3rd, 2016

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.

 

Links

http://www.blm.gov/or/news/files/BLM_GRSG_Withdrawal_Scoping_PR_Final_Nov13_2015.pdf

http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse.html

Map of proposed areas

http://blm-egis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=45b2d7896c36467aac3990b739d75a26

 

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!

Attack on Rockhounding

December 9th, 2015

This is notice of a proposal to withdraw 10 million acres from public access to mineral resources.  Action is required by December 14th.  The alert was passed on by owners of the Dust Devil Sunstone Mine near Lakeview, Oregon.

From: Terry Clark [mailto:dustdevil_terry@hughes.net]
Sent: Sunday, December 06, 2015 12:35 PM
Subject: Land Withdrawal

This email is to inform you of an upcoming meeting on December 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time at the Interagency Office in Lakeview, Oregon. This meeting is about the withdrawal of 10 million acres of public and private land in seven western states. This includes potential mining claims and will have a major impact on existing claims.

Existing claims will be allowed to stay however they will be severely limited. Existing mines will be limited to one mine every square mile with the allowed disturbance of only 1% (6.4 acres) in every 640 acres.

This withdrawal will cripple the western states in their ability to access and use their mineral wealth. The withdrawal of these lands also directly impacts and severely limits grazing, recreational access, as well as renewable energy development.

It is very important that you contact your local and regional representatives regarding this withdrawal before the end of the comment period of January 15, 2016. Please send your comments to the Secretary of Interior, BLM, USFS, Fish and Game, your Senators and Congressmen as well as your local county commissioners and town councils.

This withdrawal will make a large difference in local and national economies so we ask that you please look at the attachments and if you would like a full copy of the attached documents please contact:

choppa@blm.gov
503-808-6268

Contacts:

Oregon

US Senator Jeff Merkley
404 Russell Building
Washington DC 20410-3704
Phone: 202-224-3753
Fax: 202-228-3997

Mining Map of Stevens County 1900

November 19th, 2015
Map of mining in Stevens County 1900

Map of mining in Stevens County 1900

I have a digital and a paper copy of a mining map of the North half of Stevens County in 1900.  There is a lot of historical information on it about what the names of claims are, where they are and who owned them at the time.  The downside is that the computer file is huge, 288 megs for the “small” version, and the paper copy is so much smaller than the original that you need a magnifying glass to read it.    It is too big to load on and off the website.  If you want a copy, contact me: Joe.Barreca@gmail.com

Trip scheduled to Jim Creek

October 30th, 2015

Here is word from Scot Jackson:

I and the Spokane rock rollers are going to Jim creek Sunday the 8th at 11:00. (Not the 15th as was posted earlier.)
I will meet our club at 9:45 at safeway to see if any body wants to car pool over or people can meet over at Ione at the railroad station at 11.
here is my new #  680-4896

Old Mining Book Online

July 16th, 2015
Cover of the book.

Cover of the book.

I have added a scanned copy of Mining in Eastern and Central Washington by L.K. Hodges, published in 1897 to this website.  Hodges travelled the mining camps of Eastern Washington at the request of the Seattle Times and sent back stories that were compiled in this book.  It includes diagrams of the workings of many mines, maps of their locations and descriptions of the mines.  WARNING:  This is a large file 100+ kb.  If you have a slow Internet Connection, you may want to avoid it.  I can print and bind a copy for you for $20.

New Field Trips

June 7th, 2015

June 8th
Kinross Gold Milling Facility
363 Fish Hatchery Road, Republic WA
Tour starts at 9:30 AM
Meet at Kettle Falls Harvest Foods parking lot in time to START by 7:45 AM

July 11
White Stone Calcium plant
At big smokestack south of Chewelah
Start 9:00 AM
Wear hard shoes, bring hard hat if you have one. If you have extra hard hats, please bring them for others.
Meet are the plant

July 24
Kinross Buckhorn Mine Tour
Mine entrance east of Curlew
(I will get directions at the June 8th tour)
Tour starts at 9:30 AM at mine administration building
Meet at Kettle Falls Harvest Foods parking lot to leave by 7:00 AM

Any questions, give me, Bob Bristow, a call on 945-4375.