Prospectors fight for rights in Black Hills

Prospectors fight for rights in Black Hills

Forest Service cites fairy slipper orchid as reason to ban new mining claims

The U.S. Forest Service proposed  nearly 18,000 acres of land in the Black Hills National Forest to be “withdrawn from mineral entry,” which means no new mining claims would be allowed. The proposal was recorded in the Federal Register on Sept. 24, 2015, but Sam Griner, a member of the Northern Hills Prospectors — a local chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America — said he wouldn’t have even known about the proposed withdrawal had he not scanned the Forest Service’s Schedule of Planned Action (SOPA) website.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016/Author: SARAH REIJONEN/Number of views (3333)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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Of fairy slippers, toads and yellow-legged frogs

Of fairy slippers, toads and yellow-legged frogs

Agency rule-making continues to restrict land access, prospecting

Once upon a time, the U.S. Forest Service was a respected federal agency that served the interests of the American people, and not just the interests of radical environmentalist lobby groups. Those days seem like such a long, long time ago in a land far, far away. It is simply astounding how much things have changed in one generation when it comes to the federal policy on public lands. 

Monday, September 26, 2016/Author: Brad Jones/Number of views (2865)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Miners hold out hope in Oregon dredging case

Miners hold out hope in Oregon dredging case

Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel supports fight

On top of the fundraiser being sponsored by Western Culture Conservancy, Oregon miners got another gift recently, this time in the form of two amicus curiae briefs: one filed by Mountain States Legal Foundation and one by the Pacific Legal Foundation.

Friday, September 16, 2016/Author: SARAH REIJONEN/Number of views (4076)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

WMA claims state uses EIRs as weapons against suction dredgers

The following article by the Western Mining Alliance pinpoints the weaknesses in the scientific studies on which the California suction dredge mining ban was based. The original two-year moratorium, which has been dragged out in the courts to become a de facto ban, was imposed statewide in 2009 and continues to this day.

Thursday, September 15, 2016/Author: CRAIG LINDSAY/Number of views (5857)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Prospecting provides peace of mind

Prospecting provides peace of mind

Wounded vets enjoy golden escape into the desert

 A caravan of wounded military veterans and their families ventured out to the Arizona desert in the spring to learn the fine art of gold prospecting.

The Gold Prospectors Association of Phoenix, a local chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America, hosted the April 9 outing in conjunction with the Wounded Warrior Project. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016/Author: Karen Briggs/Number of views (3414)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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