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.
Our next Rock Show is coming up in 2020 on March 7th and 8th. More events to be posted when they are scheduled.
This is a list of club equipment that is at Gene Fisher’s shop and might be for sale at the August 2019 BBQ picnic.
- Combination: Lortone 6″ trim saw with two grinding wheels and polishing pad.
- Large(heavy) grinding/polishing unit with four, 8″ diamond wheels: 80 grit, 180, 360, and 600.
- 10″ Raytech saw in fair shape.
- 18″ Loritone saw with good blade but needs a new motor or wiring. The present motor is 1/2 HP.
- New-in-box Lortone Elite water pump that spits water up on the grinding wheels.
- Rock Rascal for melting wax for dopping.
- Set of Dop Sticks.
- Box of Templates for designing cabochons.
- First Aid Kit.
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/
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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!