Sage-Grouse Listing Denied
February 2005 by Scott HarnThe federal government decided not to add the greater sage-grouse to the list of endangered species. A listing would certainly have resulted in countless new restrictions across the Western states.
Plans are also under way to coordinate with the incoming chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
There are currently about 170 commercial-scale placer operations in Alaska. Most of these are small operations with just a few people working; they are often family affairs that operate seasonally only during favorable weather.
It was the first mine developed by Americans in the Cadsden Purchase of 1853. A number of small near-surface mines had been operated by Spaniards and Mexicans in the region prior to the arrival of Americans, going back as far as 1740.
It took me awhile before I finally got a nice mellow signal. My nugget turned out to weigh in about two dwt (pennyweight). Over the next few hours, we all picked up a few more nuggets apiece.
Then I came to a section of recently exposed gravel that looked unworked. Water seeped out all around, making the ground beneath a sea of slick mud.
There’s a lot of luck involved when it comes to finding gold. Sometimes it’s being in the right place at the right time. Other times it’s simply by accident that discoveries are made.
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