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August 2019 newsletter

August 2, 2019


ICMJ's Prospecting and Mining Journal -- Celebrating Our 88th Year!

August 2019 issue posted
Just a reminder--the August 2019 issue is available online for those with an online subscription and the printed version is on the way to print subscribers.

William Perry Pendley elevated to Acting BLM Director
Perry has been a staunch advocate for property rights. As the former head of Mountain States Legal Foundation, he battled federal agencies on behalf of miners, ranchers, loggers and other public land users. Just three weeks after he was appointed as director of policy and programs at BLM, he was named as acting director. While with Mountain States, he and his staff of attorneys were involved in litigation against many federal agencies, including the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Fish & Wildlife, and the Environmental Protecting Agency, and filed numerous amicus briefs in support of miners, ranchers, farmers, loggers, public land users and private landowners. This included an amicus brief in support of California suction dredger Brandon Rinehart when the case was being considered by the US Supreme Court. Pendley is a welcome change at BLM!

August 12 deadline for comments on Forest Service NEPA proposed changes
The Forest Service has proposed changes to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations, and will address fixing Travel Management Plans soon. Your comments are needed! (read full article)

Reminder: Annual claim filings due
Don't let your mining claim expire!
And, several fees have increased related to claim filings. (read full article)

Public Lands for the People raffle winners
PLP announced the winners for their most recent raffle. (view winners)

Did You Know?
The price of gold has continued to climb, reaching $1,442 per troy ounce. (view metal prices)

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From the web:
• The Trump administration reversed the preemptive veto of the Pebble Mine in Alaska, which will allow the project to begin the environmental review process to see if there is a path forward that can satisfy environmental concerns. (read more at

• A retired prospector in Australia was "shaking like a leaf" after uncovering a two-kilogram nugget! (read more at


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We've been featuring a new column for the past few months called "Gold Prospecting: For Better or Worse."

If you are a reader who has a funny or slightly unfortunate, factual prospecting/mining experience to share (of any length, with or without photos), send it to us so we can share it with others. A bit of laughter and some prospecting wisdom is good for all of us!

Writers of published stories will be compensated.

Here is a recent example: Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Doomed from the Start


Website Problems?
If you are finding that there is an extra scroll bar present when you are on our website, that bug was removed. You might need to do a "hard reset" to get rid of it. While you are on the page causing a problem, hold down both the control and shift keys while pressing the letter "R" to reset that page in your browser!

Upcoming Events

Black Diamond's 36th Annual Treasure Hunt
August 10-11, 2019
Duryea, Pennsylvania

PNW Miners Rally 2019
August 23-25, 2019
Liberty, Washington

California State Gold Panning Championships
August 31-September 1, 2019
Foresthill, California

For complete details on these events and more: Miner's Calendar

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