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• California suction dredgers had better prepare for battle

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• BLM proposed budget asks for funds for mining restrictions
• Oregon bill 838
• California suction gold dredging update

Proposed Regulations for California Suction Dredging


One of the most asinine proposals in the SEIR is to require miners to state when and where they will be dredging. This information would be accessible to the public, which would make them prime candidates for getting their homes burglarized while they are out mining.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Refunds coming to Nevada claimholders
• More wilderness proposed
• Forest Service planning rule

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Oregon miners petition US Supreme Court in Bohmker v. Oregon
  • Wheeler receives hearing as EPA administrator

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.

MMAC & PLP Update


On July 4, we are reminded of the sacrifices our Founding Fathers made to establish this great country of ours, and in that spirit, the Minerals and Mining Advisory Council (MMAC) has created a draft Declaration of Miners.And MMAC has been hard at work writing a bill, with the unwavering support of several members of Congress, to reaffirm the rights of miners operating in traditional mining districts.

Oregon Anti-Dredging Bill


SB 765...would tax suction gold dredgers by charging a $50 annual fee for in-state dredgers and a whopping $2,500 fee for out-of-state dredgers for each county where the miner intends to dredge.

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