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 Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Wanted: Prospectors to serve on the GPAA Claims Crew Team

by GPAA Admin

Wanted: Prospectors to serve on the GPAA Claims Crew Team
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Let me make this as simple and as straight forward as I can. I need your help.

The GPAA is proud to be the largest non-commercial claim holding organization in America - yet I feel that we can do more for our members in the claims area.

As I am sure that you have read, the GPAA claims department is changing rapidly and we are expanding our Membership claims offerings with new claims while evaluating many of our current claims.

This means that I need boots on the ground PROSPECTORS to work with the State Directors (and independently) to prospect and locate new claims.

Here’s what it takes to be a part of the “GPAA Claims Crew”

·       Willingness to do research

·       Prospecting to locate viable mineral reserves (in other words, prospecting to find gold)

·       Willingness to prospect new areas that you find, or that we have leads on.

·       Understanding or a desire to learn how to stake and file a claim.

·       Verify that the area is not under claim using the BLM LR-2000 and other web based programs.  

·       Mark the location on a Topo map, plat map, or using a GPS, then mark that location on the location notice.

·       Record the claim in the county where it is located and file the paperwork with the BLM.

·       Walk the claim and place corner markers.

·       Create a review including driving directions and prospecting report in the Online Mining Guide.

o   Including turn by turn directions and photos of getting to the claim

o   Photos of prospecting the claim and a report of how and where you worked the claim.

·       Work as a Team Member of the GPAA Claims Crew.

·       A desire to help your fellow members.

Does all this mean we’re only looking for seasoned sourdough prospectors that know the ins and outs of prospecting and filing claims? Absolutely not.     

While it is always good to have seasoned crew members, the reality is that the GPAA Claims Crew is an educational program as much as it is about locating and filing new claims.

Becoming A Better Prospector

Now you may ask, “how does filing a claim help me to become a better prospector”? Well, imagine this scenario, you are out on a potential claim area that another Claims Crew member or State Director may suspect has gold. You have never been to this area and you ask the team leader, “What was the deciding factors for choosing this spot”? The answers may vary “From historical mining information and research” to something as different as, “When I was looking over Google Earth I just got a hunch”. Either answer brings up more conversation and when it is time to prospect, you most likely will be looking at the ground differently.

You begin the work by assuring that the area you are prospecting is not under claim by looking for claim markers or current claim and location notices. The BLM LR-2000 is a great resource, but it can fall behind in information by months during certain times of the year. Even if you have a BLM serial register page of claims in the area, many times there will be errors, so it helps to use a little common sense and some due diligence to assure you are not working on a filed claim.

If, after all this, there is no evidence of a staked or filed claim, then you can begin your prospecting.

Now, you and others on the team find some gold and must decide if it is viable enough to create a claim. Believe it or not, a speck here or there is not what it takes to stake a claim. However, a few specks in EVERY pan can be.

So it is up to the team to determine if there is enough gold that is accessible through normal methods of prospecting to make it a viable claim and what is the potential life of the claim.

Knowing what is expected of a claim that makes it into the GPAA Mining Guide are key factors in staking a claim. Of course, the claim must have gold, but there are other factors as well.

·       Is it accessible and how? (2x4, 4x4, ATV, hiking?)

·       Does the area have long term potential of reserves that makes it viable for GPAA members to use for years to come (or does the team see a limited reserve and life span)?

·       Is the area somewhere that will challenge GPAA members to become better prospectors?

It is after taking all these extra steps into consideration, will you see how you’ve become a better prospector.

Additional Benefits

Now, there is a great deal of opportunity in the Claims Crew program beyond just being the “go-to” prospectors responsible for all these additional claims. Because the GPAA has no intention of filing and placing all of these claims in our name, we’re offering the Claims Crew opportunities to become claim holders themselves with the agreement to share these claims with all of your fellow GPAA members as well. As a Share-A-Claim holder you will be a part of the organization in the way that the GPAA was founded in the 1960’s and a vital part of our claims holding today.

As a claim holder you will receive benefits for your effort and dedication from the GPAA, including a lease back incentive for claims in the small miners’ exemption program with the BLM. Couple this with your membership being covered by the GPAA or paid LDMA maintenance fees while the claim is in the program. Plus, special recognition by the GPAA for your work in the “Buzzards” mission for the membership with land and education.

Becoming a part of the GPAA Claims Crew starts with a simple email or a phone call to your State Director. If you do not have a State Director in your State, contact me directly and I will work with you to become a part of the GPAA Claims Crew in your area.

The GPAA was built by a family dedicated to the membership. A membership that in sharing their claims and working to find new claims has made the GPAA what we are today, the world’s largest prospecting organization. Become a member of the GPAA Claims Crew, become a part of the legacy. Be a part of the team that believes and holds to the GPAA mission of members - helping other members become better prospectors.


Kevin Hoagland is the GPAA Director of Development and can be reached at

Total Comments (6)


6 comments on article "Wanted: Prospectors to serve on the GPAA Claims Crew Team"

Chris Starr

9/24/2019 4:53 PM

Kevin I’m willing to learn if you have time to guide me I’ll jump on board.

Chad Erickson

8/16/2020 8:23 PM

Kevin, Linda and I are the authors of the "Great Diamond Hoax of 1872 - Upended" trilogy now appearing the Lost Dutchman's Magazine. The forth article will likely be "Diamond Fever, where to prospect for diamonds in the US". The fifth will be the staking of an actual claim on a diamond prospect that we have already spotted on USFS land. The spot is relatively remote but accessible by 2x4 pickup and trailer. We have experience in research and staking claims. How might we work with you in making this a GPAA claim? Chad & Linda Erickson

Adam Smith

9/21/2020 7:12 PM

Where can I sign up at? I love exploring and doing research. Still have some computer skills to be shown but I’m a quick learner and an avid prospector. Also lifetime member


11/4/2020 8:09 AM

hey - retired novice south of tucson az - i have the time to help.

Robert Walker

12/9/2020 6:23 PM

My wife and I are interested, we don’t have a lot of experience but we have time and enthusiasm. We’re located in south central Oregon.


2/1/2021 9:29 PM

Hello, Kevin

My name is Mark Carter , I am pretty well versed in claim process and maintenance / GPS co...I currently have two claims in CA. one in the county of Nevada..BLOOMFIELD BULLION' the area of the Malikoff Diggings...the other is in Sierra county in Downeville area.

.I also belong to two addition PROSPECTING CLUBS in SACRAMENTO and the Stockton AREA....And of course current member of GPAA...I also have a good collection of mining gear from high bankers to sluice boxes classifiers GPS egp. 4X4 FORD high end gold detector..pick axes / hoists and leverage bars for boulder removal.ALSO have a off road all Terran electric scooter witch I use sometimes transport with tow behind..Also chain saw for you know what...

Kevin I am semi retired and do have extra time during the week etc, to prospect new claims for the group ...Please let me know what would be the next step in the process..


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