April 2021 by Scott Harn
Public Lands for the People (PLP) has come up with a guide for miners and prospectors that they believe will alleviate many of the problems faced when operating on public lands managed by the US Forest Service. They provided some of the details in their recent announcement:
“Public Lands for the People (PLP) is preparing to release materials that the Forest Service does not want miners to know about. These online materials that take 4 steps and a few minutes to perform are probably the most effective “bug spray” to legally use on rogue Forest Service agents ever contemplated by PLP in all its 31 years of existence. It is totally legal and professional, and has already been used numerous time in the field by PLP members on National Forest Service managed lands. It works on access problems, occupancy limitation problems and a whole lot more. It gives the legal power to the miner to resist the requirement to submit an NOI or POO when the surface disturbance activities are clearly insignificant. It employs the bundle of rights known as ‘Miners Right of Self-Initiation’ under the Mining Act and puts an effective leash on the Forest Service agency and radical environmentalists who often plot to deprive you of your livelihood.
“These materials are not only an effective deterrent from Forest Service citation but a gold mine of legal research knowledge any mining lawyer would love to charge you an arm and a leg for in a legal battle. Thanks to our PLP member support, our trips to Washington, DC, have netted us an inside track to data on the Forest Service (and other agencies) that we are prepared to release to our members.
“PLP members who are renewing online and by mail will start receiving these valuable gems of knowledge as a new bonus along with our member card and orange challenge card. PLP can say with confidence, that the Forest Service will never treat known PLP members the same again. As you probably know, knowledge is power and a highly effective tool against your enemies who wish to deprive you of your rights!”
PLP believes they will have a similar challenge card available on May 1, 2021, that will work in a similar manner to put California suction gold dredgers back in the water.
In addition, PLP announced their “Springfest” will be held at a private claim in Kern County, California, April 30 - May 2. The $60 cost to attend will include a one-year PLP membership or they will tack a year onto a current membership. Complete details and registration are available via their website at www.publiclandsforthepeople.org
The ESA has become an unwieldy beast that was hijacked by government agencies run amok, and by extreme environmental groups who saw it as a way to lock up public lands and to generate income through exaggerated claims and continuous lawsuits.
We are quite pleased to report there are some courageous miners who have taken the time to learn their rights and have gone back to dredging while knowing they could be unlawfully harassed at any time by law enforcement…
Each separate Mining District is a federally recognized entity. There are huge advantages—picture yourself going to an oversight meeting where 2, 3, 4, or even more Mining District representatives have obtained voting positions on the board.
PLP has developed a plan to get dredgers back in the water by embracing the fact that suction gold dredgers can provide a valuable service by reclaiming waterways.
We have found strong support from legislators in both the House and Senate for several proposed bills that will provide Mining Districts with a greater role in the decisions that affect access to mining claims, oversight and regulations.
The changes we are seeking will most definitely help prospectors, small operations and dredgers. If you haven’t yet read our proposals, you’ll find a link to it at the end of the online version of this article.
In the meantime, I want to highlight some recent court cases won with the assistance of Public Lands for the People…
The Bawl Mill • Ask The Experts - What is the “blue lead?” • Ask The Experts - Can an Ohm meter find gold in pyrite? • Ask The Experts - Can you tell me about this mining district? • The 10-Ton Boulder: Expanding Grout Demolition • How Deep Can That Detector Go? • Simple Mine Surveying With Basic Hand Tools • Dredging Do's and Don'ts • Emails Confirm--FBI Was Looking for Gold at Pennsylvania Dig Site • Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Tuck and Roll • Preparing For The 2021 Mining Season • Drywashing for Desert Gold—Part III • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices