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.
Toward the end of this summer, we expect another Federal Register notice will be published that deals with Forest Service mining regulations.
While progress with Congress has been slow, the Trump administration has taken the lead to start making needed changes at the Department of Interior and US Department of Agriculture to support miners…
“Our member followed the PLP dredge card to the ‘T’. PLP called his senior officer about the incident and the call was never returned, nor was the dredger cited.”
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.
We are happy to report that the current administration has issued a directive to the Forest Service and BLM to address this concern…
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.
In the meantime, we will continue our multi-pronged approach to seek regulatory relief at the federal level while supporting those court cases that are built on a strong legal foundation.
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