August 2021 by Scott Harn
Public Lands for the People completed their annual raffle and the results are listed on page 34 or on their website.
PLP continues to assist members who wish to utilize a suction dredge in California for reclamation purposes. There are certain steps that must be followed to comply with regulations and to qualify under reclamation guidelines, so they’ve been busy answering questions following an in-the-water demonstration they conducted for members last month.
The reclamation plan will likely remain the only pathway to dredging in California unless/until there is a change in administration at either the state or federal level. We were making headway in Washington, DC, in meetings with members of Congress, to get reasonable regulations established at the federal level, but a change in administration stymied those efforts. We will reassess the situation after the elections next year.
At the state level, there’s a possibility that California Governor Newsom could be removed and replaced during his upcoming recall election, which will be held in September. In California, the governor appoints all the members of the State Water Board, and a change in leadership could provide the opportunity for replacement of those board members who are ideologically against all forms of mining, including suction dredging.
Federal legislation would be preferable, as it could provide consistent, reasonable regulations across all states.
…what I’d like to focus on in this update is the assistance they provided to a suction gold dredger in Idaho being harassed by an environmental group.
Most of the mining opposition today is centered around the small-scale miner. These miners number in the thousands and come from every walk of life.
“In light of the results of the midterm elections our focus will be with the US Senators and their staffers that we have already been working with.”
I’ve received quite a few inquiries from miners who are beginning to realize that traditional Mining Districts are powerful entities and they are looking to get their district organized if it’s in disarray.
If this authority over mining was not included in the transfer, then the US Forest Service would not have jurisdiction.
We’ve heard from miners in Arizona about federal agencies closing off historic roads that provide access for miners, and we need your input.
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 - Are pulse induction detectors the right tech for gold? • Ask The Experts - Why can’t I find gold with my detector? • Ask The Experts - Are two rock crushing machines (jaw crusher and chain crusher) necessary? • Ask The Experts - Why am I finding only coarse gold, not fines in this area? • Ask The Experts - Is the amount of gold reserves claimed by mining companies real or just hype? • How To Identify Minerals • Chasing Hard Rock Gold As A Placer Deposit • Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Bumbling Through A Gold Bonanza • How Mesothermal/Orogenic Gold Deposits Form • My Explosive Introduction to Gold Mining • Georgetown CA: A Historically Rich Mother Lode Treasure • Reminder: Annual Claim Filings and Fees Due • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices