The February 2016 newsletter is now online. You can also check out the new Gem and Mineral Show Poster.
Rock Hounding in Northeast Washington
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!
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:firstname.lastname@example.org]
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:
US Senator Jeff Merkley
404 Russell Building
Washington DC 20410-3704
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
Here is word from Scot Jackson:
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