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Legislative and Regulatory Update

  • EPA declines to impose additional regulations and financial requirements on hardrock miners
  • “Baffling” ruling in suction gold dredging court case

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PLP To Address Needs Of Small Miners With Proposed Amendment


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Forest Service v. Michael & Linda Backlund


On Tuesday morning, August 26, 2010, my clients Michael and Linda Backlund were forced to plead guilty to a charge of violating 36 CFR §261.10(b), which criminalizes maintaining a residence on Forest Service land without authorization “when such authorization is required.” This is a new regulation pursuant to which virtually anything, even a tent, is an unlawful “residence” unless authorized in advance.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Obama’s parting shots
• California suction dredging
• Oregon follows California’s lead
• Lawsuit coming; bill introduced to stop mining in Washington State
• President Trump halts new federal regulations

Protecting Our Access to Public Lands


As prospectors, we cannot just roll over and continue to ignore the shift in public land management from multiple use to national preserve.

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Clarification on Oregon's SB838


The 100-yard restriction in SB838 actually applies to all motorized mining for the purpose of extracting gold, silver or any other precious metal that results in the disturbance of vegetation.

California Dredgers: A Step Closer to Getting Back in the Water


...Judge Ochoa ordered the parties to participate in mandatory settlement hearings starting June 24, 2014.

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