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July 2019 Newsletter

July 2, 2019

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



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

Finally! Trump administration acts on PLP recommendations
Four years of trips to DC, including 35 days spent in DC this year by Clark Pearson (Public Lands for the People) and Scott Harn (ICMJs Prospecting and Mining Journal) is finally paying off. The Trump administration is not going to wait for Congress to act on meaningful mining reform. The administration is taking action on many of our proposed recommendations. (read full article)

Petition For Rule Change
The Waldo and Galice Mining Districts, along with Attorney James Buchal and many other mining organizations, have petitioned the Department of Interior and Department of Agriculture to address federal preemption. (read full article)

Forest Service seeks comments on proposed NEPA changes
On June 13, the Forest Service published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments as the agency seeks to revise its National Environmental Policy Act regulations. (read full article)

Last chance to enter the PLP raffle
There is one week remaining to purchase tickets for the upcoming fundraising raffle for Public Lands for the People. (view prizes or order tickets)

Did You Know?
For the first time in six years, gold has surpassed $1,400 per troy ounce. (view metal prices)

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BLM fees rise
"The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is issuing this final rule to make statutorily required adjustments to its location and maintenance fees for unpatented mining claims, mill sites, and tunnel sites. These adjustments reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which is published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics..."

The new location fee is $40, and the new maintenance fee is $165 per lode mining claim or site and $165 for each 20 acres or portion thereof for placer mining claims.

The final rule is effective July 1, 2019.

These 6.1-ounce ultra cotton pocket t-shirts are available in black, navy or white.


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

Upcoming Events

Miner's Jubilee 2019
July 19-21, 2019
Baker City, Oregon

23rd Annual Open Hunt and Wisconsin State Championships
July 26-28, 2019
Nekoosa, Wisconsin

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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