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Addressing EPA Overreach: What Dredgers Need to Know


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been attempting to extend their authority and intimidate miners and other public land users for decades. Suction gold dredgers are no exception, and we want to highlight a recent example of how to deal with this federal overreach.

43 CFR 3809 Final Rule


I’d like to send out a big “Thank You” to all of our readers who submitted comments regarding the proposed changes to the mining regulations. While we certainly didn’t get everything we asked for, we do have...

Gold in Iceland?


Normally, one does not look at volcanic islands in a search for gold. However, rich gold deposits have been found in or near volcanoes at Lihir and Misima Islands near New Guinea, so one cannot dismiss gold opportunities on volcanic islands. All of Iceland is of volcanic origin, with acidic volcanic rocks like rhyolite and granophyre being present at a few localities.

Picks & Pans: Rattlesnakes in a Gold Camp


Leon was leading the way as we hiked the trail out of North Canyon. Without any warning Leon leaped into the air. He had just spotted a big rattlesnake lying in the grass beside the trail.

Reading A River: Finding The Paystreaks—Part I


Gold will be concentrated behind large boulders like this one during flooding or high water.How to read a river to find gold: The exact point where you choose to dig for gold makes a big difference because the placer gold deposits formed in rivers and streams are anything but uniform—some parts are rich in gold...

Ask The Experts - Is there a Forest Service camping limit for mining claims?


Highbanking on the Similkameen River


In digging the gravel, I found there were three flood layers present that were not there last winter, with about a foot of sand on top of the gravel. This was followed by eight inches or so of small rock and lots of broken granite material...

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