January 2022 by Scott Harn
There has been some strong interest from miners in Oregon and Washington regarding the Public Lands for the People (PLP) reclamation dredging program that began in California in early 2021. A few Oregon miners have stepped forward to assist PLP in the effort to complete the research and documentation necessary.
The group that was assisting PLP and the Mining Journal to arrange meetings with influential agency heads and members of Congress is considering restarting in-person meetings in Washington, DC in late March or early April 2022.
We anticipate there will be a change in party leadership in possibly both the House and Senate following the November 2022 mid-term elections, and the leading polls indicate this is a very strong possibility. It would be very beneficial to begin meetings with members of Congress soon to reestablish the relationships we had prior to the Covid restrictions.
We were quite close to getting some major changes pushed through Congress to help miners of all shapes and sizes, with particular emphasis on the small, independent miner. Then along came a change in administration in the White House and a change in leadership in Congress. We are very anxious to get back there and finish what we started.
You have made your presence known with the BLM or Forest Service, placed Mining District signs along the entrance points to your district, and found support with other local miners. But how do you gain popular support?
One caller wondered why he should be required to join MMAC, asked why MMAC was not a non-profit, and compared it to some kind of extortion attempt. If he had questions like these, I assume there are others with similar questions and I will address them here.
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…
We have been playing defense for 100% of the game, and now we are finally playing some offense.
The process of updating the Rand Mining District is underway and you’ll see a Public Notice in this issue requesting interested parties to submit an application to serve on the board.
We’ve built up some contacts in DC during our trips there over the past four years, and we believe we finally have the correct contacts who can get this petition reviewed by the proper people.
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