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PLP Update


At the state level, there’s a possibility that California Governor Newsom could be removed and replaced during his upcoming recall election, which will be held in September.

Judge Rules Against Dredger in Idaho Civil Case


The path to winning this case should have been to make the plaintiffs prove that a foreign substance was introduced and then discharged, which is the “trigger” for regulations under the Clean Water Act.

PLP Update


PLP has developed a plan to get dredgers back in the water by embracing the fact that suction gold dredgers can provide a valuable service by reclaiming waterways.

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PLP Update


Things became a bit challenging when the hot, dry weather was interrupted by 30mph winds with occasional gusts nearing 50 mph.

PLP Update


Now they have come up with a second guide (to be released on May 1) that they believe will allow dredgers in California to resume working.

PLP Update


Public Lands for the People (PLP) has come up with a guide for miners and prospectors that they believe will alleviate many of the problems faced when operating on public lands managed by the US Forest Service.

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PLP Update


The group spent three days helping miners with access issues, teaching them how to politely and respectfully educate federal regulators and law enforcement officers, and how to win these issues in court if necessary.

PLP Update


I admit I was sitting on pins and needles, waiting to see if President Trump would sign the proposed Executive Order we presented with Public Lands for the People (PLP) prior to the expiration of his term in office.

PLP Update


PLP is also looking toward meeting with the incoming chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and it appears it will be Senator Barrasso (R-Wyoming).

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PLP Update


Plans are also under way to coordinate with the incoming chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

PLP Update: Oktoberfest Weekend


Forty prospectors lucky enough to sign up early spent a weekend looking for gold and talking about gold. And there is nothing better than doing both.

PLP Update


PLP northern director Clark Pearson stated, “Thanks to the U.S. v. Hicks case, the courts have acknowledged that claimholders are owners of land within the National Forest who are exempt.”

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PLP Update


In the meantime, I want to highlight some recent court cases won with the assistance of Public Lands for the People…

PLP Update


Face-to-face meetings in Washington, DC, with Trump administration officials and members of Congress are still on hold due to the coronavirus, but Public Lands for the People is continuing to work on mining-related issues via phone and email.

PLP Update


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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PLP Update: The Path for Legally Re-Starting Suction Gold Dredge Mining in 2021


Present conflicts and realizations having to do with dependence on China have illuminated the fact that suction dredge miners have a vital role to play and are an ignored and untapped domestic resource—until now.

PLP Update: Regulatory Relief On The Way


Toward the end of this summer, we expect another Federal Register notice will be published that deals with Forest Service mining regulations.

PLP Update


I want to stress that this is just the first step to fixing many of the regulatory issues we identified in discussions with the current administration. There will be plenty more to come.

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PLP Update


We’ve heard from miners in Arizona about federal agencies closing off historic roads that provide access for miners, and we need your input.

PLP Update


Public Lands for the People has agreed to support the US Supreme Court appeal with financial assistance and with the filing of an amicus brief. (We here at the Mining Journal have also agreed to participate in the amicus brief.)

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