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More Fiddling While Forests Burn

Logging on federal land plummeted—over 84% since the 1980s. And that management tool was replaced with—nothing.

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Big win by a California suction gold dredger
• Administration locks up another popular gold mining area
• BLM creates de facto wilderness without Congressional approval

Legislative and Regulatory Update


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

Uphill Battle Continues for California Dredgers


There are currently three controlling agencies or entities over suction dredging in California—and you can make that four if the state legislature decides to further muddy the waters with additional legislation to block suction gold dredging in the state.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Bill to limit Antiquities Act
  • PLF seeks relief from Endangered Species Act abuses

Selenium, Mercury and Suction Dredging—Studies Contradict CA State Water Resources Board


Federal and state regulatory agencies often cite mercury and methyl mercury in our waterways as a major factor for further restrictions on placer mining, and on suction gold dredge mining, in particular. However, these regulatory agencies are minimizing selenium and its neutralizing effects.

Emergency Dredging Closures in Washington State


The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) issued emergency rules without public comment just prior to our publication deadline.

New Mining Regulations in Maine


Renewed interest in mining of gold, silver, copper and other metals in Aroostook County's Bald Mountain triggered 2012 legislation requiring the overhaul of the state's two-decade-old mining regulations.

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