Update on the West Mojave Desert Planning Area
August 2001 by Guest WriterIt is our hope that the following information will help desert residents understand what is happening and prepare them with adequate knowledge and information to participate in the government process as allowed by the United States Constitution and provided for in public law.
• Environmentalists are missing a golden opportunity
• Special-use authorization not needed
The discovery of gold in the Klondike in August 1896 brought a rush that became a bonanza for a few, and hardship and disaster for many. The remoteness of the discovery site, and the extremely harsh climate made the effort to recover gold foolhardy for all but the most prepared.
It is the eighth largest brown diamond to be found and certified by park staff.
The discovery of the Tonopah District by Jim Butler in May, 1900, was by far the most important event of its time, just as the discovery of the Comstock was the most important event in the Nevada’s earlier history.
It’s been seven years since Forrest Fenn announced the existence of the buried treasure, said to be worth nearly $2 million. It has prompted thousands to comb areas of New Mexico, Yellowstone National Park and elsewhere.
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