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Multiple Use Lands, Symbiotic Relations and Conflict Resolution


The automatic discrimination and exclusion of man from nature, like his access and use of the land, presupposes man as a destructive force for change, absent a relative hard look at the natural forces of change. Setting aside lands for non-use does not encourage wise use symbiotic tenets, which man has traditionally formed in his coexistence with nature.

MMAC & PLP Update


Just prior to our press deadline, we learned that a bill had been introduced in the Idaho House of Representatives to redefine suction gold dredging as a preferred use in public waterways in Idaho.

MMAC & PLP Update


We are quite pleased to report there are some courageous miners who have taken the time to learn their rights and have gone back to dredging while knowing they could be unlawfully harassed at any time by law enforcement…
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MMAC & PLP Update


I’ve received quite a few inquiries from miners who are beginning to realize that traditional Mining Districts are powerful entities and they are looking to get their district organized if it’s in disarray.

MMAC & PLP Update


We have been playing defense for 100% of the game, and now we are finally playing some offense.

What Is Incidental Fallback?


If you take the time to read the instructions that are included with a 404 permit application you will find the words “other than incidental fallback” in the application instructions.
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MMAC & PLP Update


Even more prospectors arrived on Saturday morning, and drywashers and detectors were in use for much of the day...

Miners Making the Rules and Regulations?


How would you like it if you could make the actual rules and regulations governing your own business? A dream, right? Well, the existing Federal Mining Law gives a claimholder this ability in the context of organized Mining Districts.

MMAC & PLP Update


Keep in mind there are specific steps that must be taken to get your traditional mining district organized if it has fallen into disarray.
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MMAC & PLP Update -- 2015 Minerals and Mining Regulatory Reform Act


Is there any hope for a solution? Yes, there is, and we’ve been working with Public Lands for the People, the Minerals and Mining Advisory Council, attorney James Buchal and others on that solution.

MMAC & PLP Update -- Rand Mining District Gets Organized


The process of updating the Rand Mining District is underway and you’ll see a Public Notice in this issue requesting interested parties to submit an application to serve on the board.

MMAC & PLP Update


On July 4, we are reminded of the sacrifices our Founding Fathers made to establish this great country of ours, and in that spirit, the Minerals and Mining Advisory Council (MMAC) has created a draft Declaration of Miners.And MMAC has been hard at work writing a bill, with the unwavering support of several members of Congress, to reaffirm the rights of miners operating in traditional mining districts.
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Direct and Constructive Notice


It's a proven civil remedy to put an end to harassment by notifying a person who is either overstepping their authority, or failing to act as required, that they will be sued personally for an act or omission.

Update on MMAC & PLP


Public Lands for the People is working on a Miner's Bill of Rights with the support of several members of Congress.

Update on MMAC & PLP


I’ve fielded a few questions following several articles we published last month on the creation of the Minerals and Mining Advisory Council (MMAC) and the return to traditional mining districts. Some of those questions have been very good and I’m going to answer them here for the benefit of all our readers.
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What's All This Talk About Mining Districts?


The main problem with the current scheme is that regulatory agencies often consult with you, then disregard your concerns and do what they want anyway.

The Power of Mining Districts


...Most importantly, the mining districts can open the federal land to multiple-use by the public on principles of inclusion rather than the present-day exclusions...

What is a Mining Right?


A mining right is a powerful and not commonly understood concept that is all too often watered down by agency regulatory interference...
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Mining Districts: A Concept Reborn


Most of the mining opposition today is centered around the small-scale miner. These miners number in the thousands and come from every walk of life.

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