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Washington Gold & Fish Update

Washington’s mineral prospecting regulations, adopted Jan. 1999, have indeed caused great chaos for those who enjoy the hobby and also those who were accustomed to making a living by operating larger (8”) dredges. The discussion within the miners’ network has not decreased; at best it is a slow simmer.

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Gold Dredging on Oregon's South Umpqua


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Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Raises Harassment of Miners to a New Level


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