Picks & Pans: An Exciting Hobby
January 2001 by Charles L. ButlerThe year was 1946, the war was over, and we three brothers were working for Douglas Aircraft, in Santa Monica, California. Jim and I had returned to jobs we held before entering the Navy and George was a “new hire,” having just finished a four-year hitch as a Navy Flight Crewman.
Back at our campsite, while the rest of us grabbed a late four o’clock lunch, Fallyn volunteered to do the clean-up panning.
How do sluicing and drywashing compare in effciency?
The automatic discrimination and exclusion of man from nature, like his access and use of the land, presupposes man as a destructive force for change, absent a relative hard look at the natural forces of change. Setting aside lands for non-use does not encourage wise use symbiotic tenets, which man has traditionally formed in his coexistence with nature.
As we traveled through the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas we saw the combination of mining towns in stagnation but otherwise, incredible displays of prosperity.
President Bush has urged Congress to adopt comprehensive energy legislation, which includes drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).
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