December 2021 by Scott Harn
Public Lands for the People (PLP) continues to refine its reclamation dredging program, which was started in California earlier this year.
The group is working on getting the US Forest Service in California to bless the PLP guide on suction dredge reclamation so they have indisputable federal preemption going forward in 2022, according to PLP researcher Clark Pearson.
PLP is also concluding its funding and review of a scientific study which names the suction dredge as the preeminent tool for reclaiming American waterways to counter atmospheric mercury impacts coming from China.
Additionally, PLP has developed a working group to overcome Oregon’s draconian dredging rules at the DEQ and, as long as more Oregon members join and support PLP, the non-profit group is willing to shift some of its resources to help Oregon miners overcome these obstacles. Several groups in Oregon have already signed on to offer their support.
Some have asked how the trips to Washington, DC, to support small miners have been going. These trips have been shut down due to COVID-19 and due to the current makeup of the House and Senate. We hope to restart these trips soon, pending the results of the 2022 mid-term elections.
... officials with BLM have been impressed by MMAC’s professional approach and consistency.
On July 4, we are reminded of the sacrifices our Founding Fathers made to establish this great country of ours, and in that spirit, the Minerals and Mining Advisory Council (MMAC) has created a draft Declaration of Miners.And MMAC has been hard at work writing a bill, with the unwavering support of several members of Congress, to reaffirm the rights of miners operating in traditional mining districts.
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.
...Most importantly, the mining districts can open the federal land to multiple-use by the public on principles of inclusion rather than the present-day exclusions...
It's a proven civil remedy to put an end to harassment by notifying a person who is either overstepping their authority, or failing to act as required, that they will be sued personally for an act or omission.
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