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Miners Fight Back Against Road Closures

In the meeting, we presented Ms. Skalski with the various court cases from the 9th Circuit Court on these settled law cases and she was mortified.

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  • Bishop and Curtis seek to rein in Antiquities Act abuses
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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.

MMAC & PLP Update


There are some miners who are under the impression that an organized Mining District will immediately get the regulatory agencies off their backs so they can start digging or dredging again.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Partial win for miners
• California suction dredging
• Feds continue to push for more public lands
• Idaho suction dredging

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Then I had one of my worst experiences as a prospector when I visited the US Forest Service office for this area.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


PLF scores another win for property rights

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Administration issues proposals to fix mining access and permitting
  • Online “webinar” and request for comments for proposed Forest Service NEPA revisions

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