PLP Needs Our Help
March 2009 by Scott HarnPublic Lands for the People is taking on the government on behalf of miners to prevent more closures of public lands to mining and to stop excessive regulations, but they require more help from miners and mining-related businesses to face new challenges.
PLP President Jerry Hobbs summarized their activities in a recent letter addressed to fellow prospectors, mining clubs and mining-related businesses.
PLP is currently involved in two prolonged court battles. The Karuk Tribe of Northern California is going back to court to try to prevent the State from issuing suction dredge permits. The Siskiyou Education Project’s attempt to force the Forest Service to require a Plan of Operation for all suction dredge mining is now in the 9th Circuit Court on appeal after the miners won in District Court.
And there are three new lawsuits pending, along with several anti-mining bills in Congress. PLP would like to intervene in all of these cases to protect the rights of miners, but funds are desperately needed.
As many of you are aware, the USFS is closing thousands of miles of roads across the West through the use of Travel Management Plans. The Eldorado National Forest was the first to complete an Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision on the closures. PLP has prepared their own lawsuit against the Eldorado National Forest to stop the road closures, and it is ready to be filed. Their goal is to win this first case and set precedent for other National Forests.
We at the Journal are certainly aware that many miners and prospectors are going through tough economic times. However, we recognize that if we don’t support this effort, there will be few places left to mine or prospect in the United States. To get things started in the right direction, we answered the call for help with a $5,000 donation to PLP in February 2009.
Please consider a contribution to PLP to join the fight.
Once you have had a chance to look at our charts and quotes for this issue, I have one bit of advice. "Don't go running off to see your optometrist!"
• "No surprises" ruled restored
• Supreme Court to address submerged lands in Alaska
• Governors say reform the ESA
• Miners need to stay involved in each state
What I saw was a beach area that was just completely covered in black sand. Rubbing my hands close together like a kid in a candy store, I could not wait to get set up.
Fatal injuries at mines in the United States declined last year to a historic new low, according to preliminary data released January 3, 2002, by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).
This will provide the opportunity to meet with many of the members of Congress in a more informal setting at several meetings, luncheons and dinners. And we have been offered the chance to meet with President Trump’s staff.
An article entitled “BLM Swindles War Hero Out of Gold Mine,” authored by Robert Boatman, appeared in our September 2002 issue. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was unable to provide comment on the article at the time.
Every prospector and claim holder should be aware of the court decision USA v. Shumway (96-16480) from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals filed December 28, 1999.
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