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Legislative and Regulatory Update


Oregon Senate passes Senate Bill 3

MMAC Update


We spent our evening at some informal get-togethers at two private residences in the DC area, which provided the opportunity to talk with staff members from Congress, other agencies, and a few consultants working on public land issues. We found common ground with many of them, and found a strong ally in a former Congressman turned consultant who agreed that Mining Districts provide the smartest legal route...

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Bills introduced to stop federal management of greater sage grouse
• WOTUS under review
• Congressional Review Act
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Conformation for some
• Congress canceling regulations

MMAC Update


This will provide the opportunity to meet with many of the members of Congress in a more informal setting at several meetings, luncheons and dinners. And we have been offered the chance to meet with President Trump’s staff.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Obama’s parting shots
• California suction dredging
• Oregon follows California’s lead
• Lawsuit coming; bill introduced to stop mining in Washington State
• President Trump halts new federal regulations
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MMAC Update


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.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Trump cabinet forming
• Last minute regulations
• California suction dredging

Mining Districts in Montana Get Organized


Those miners present immediately recognized the benefits of becoming members of MMAC and joined up on the spot. I spent some time answering a few questions, and then the miners took over.
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Obama Administration Moves to Block Mining Near Yellowstone


Republicans and industry representatives have criticized the administration’s eleventh-hour actions to limit development and promised to seek their reversal once Obama leaves office.

The Perfect Response


In May, 2016, the Andersons received a letter from Steve Niemela at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife requesting access to their property to conduct surveys for “foothill yellow-legged frogs and other amphibians.”

MMAC Update


We will be bringing the first of several bills that were requested by Congress during a previous MMAC trip and presenting maps depicting all the MMAC-assisted Mining Districts.
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Trump wins!
• 9th Circuit: projected global warming is sufficient for ESA
• Eagle Mountain proposed withdrawal
• CA Water Board dredge meetings

MMAC Update


After many decades of closures, land-use restrictions, and over-regulation, miners and all other public land users may finally see some real relief due to the efforts of MMAC.
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Mining Districts and Community Outreach


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?

Learning the Game and the Power to Change It


The one legal entity that can change the game and provide a path and template to protect landowners and public land users across the United States is the miner.

Central Idaho Federal Employees Back to Work With Local Help


The fire started early October 4, destroying the Bureau of Land Management office on the edge of town within minutes.
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Oregon proposed withdrawal
• Vote

MMAC Update


Within these districts, some of the roads and trails have been reopened for access, critical habitat designations have been scaled back, and a few Mining Districts were completely removed from proposed withdrawals.

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