We're looking forward to seeing you at the outing this coming weekend! AMRA is having another fun and exciting outing! Free and open to the public Bring your friends and family! New to prospecting or curious? Let us know and we will teach you how to pan for gold. You keep whatever gold you find on our mining claim. Feel free to arrive Friday and stay the night in our campground or just visit for the day! Bring everything you'll need to have a great weekend of fun and fellowship. Saturday runs from 8am to 4pm with a get together at 4pm for an update on AMRA current projects to protect your mining rights followed by our amazing Raffle! This year we will have a metal detecting hunt on Saturday cost for entry is $25. Entry for this can be paid up to time of hunt. We will have coins and prizes. Metal Detecting hunt starts at noon Saturday! Saturday Night Raffle! Several items of fun including a Henry Rifle, Trip to Roaring Camp Mining Company and lots more! We keep our outings free so that everyone can participate! We rely on your generous donations and support in the Fight to Protect your mining rights and provide great events. Register for free here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event... ... See more
We're looking forward to seeing you at the outing this coming weekend! AMRA is having another fun and exciting outing! Free and open to the public Bring your friends and family! New to prospecting or curious? Let us know and we will teach you how to pan for gold. You keep whatever gold you find on our mining claim. Feel free to arrive Friday and stay the night in our campground or just visit for the day! Bring everything you'll need to have a great weekend of fun and fellowship. Saturday runs from 8am to 4pm with a get together at 4pm for an update on AMRA current projects to protect your mining rights followed by our amazing Raffle! This year we will have a metal detecting hunt on Saturday cost for entry is $25. Entry for this can be paid up to time of hunt. We will have coins and prizes. Metal Detecting hunt starts at noon Saturday! Saturday Night Raffle! Several items of fun including a Henry Rifle, Trip to Roaring Camp Mining Company and lots more! We keep our outings free so that everyone can participate! We rely on your generous donations and support in the Fight to Protect your mining rights and provide great events. Register for free here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ei2tn3qz4b6cd582&fbclid=IwAR0j-F42axrGXjCp13J14ZXT-r8ZbeM1lf0UTuK_PB86DWqeBirM3PQmoIo&llr=djgo8s7ab ... See more
As a reminder, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oversees mining claims. Nothing to see here, just a radical now in charge of your real-property mining claims.
Devastating regulation being brought back on all tributaries to navigable waters. Farmers, ranchers, miners, loggers et al...here comes the boom. From the article: The Biden administration is moving to undo a Trump-era rule that vastly shrank the number of streams and wetlands protected by the Clean Water Act, taking on a politically combustible issue that has cost Democrats in farm country for more than a decade. EPA Administrator Michael Regan announced Wednesday that his agency will formally repeal the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which removed federal pollution oversight from tributaries of iconic waterways and broad swaths of the arid West. EPA will then begin crafting its own, more expansive definition of waterways subject to federal water protections. ... See more
We have written and published articles (some from other contributing sources) about turbidity before and the "soup pot theory". Turbidity from dredging is not a pollutant as evidenced by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day-O'Connor: U. S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s majority opinion rendered in the South Florida Water Management District v. Miccosukee Tribe of Indians et al. tends to support the miner’s position that turbidity is not a pollutant added to a waterway. The Chief Justice likened a water system to a pot of soup. She reasoned that, “If one takes a ladle of soup from a pot, lifts it above the pot, and pours the soup back into the pot, one has not ‘added’ anything else to the pot.” What is turbidity? It is a cloud of fine sediment that develops behind the sluice box with the falling rocks, sand and gravel. Facebook apparently doesn't like links from our AMRA home page. https://www.americanminingrights.com/small-scale-gold-suction-dredging-by-joe-greene-retired-epa/ ... See more
Back in 2014 we were contacted by several suction dredge miners in Idaho who told us they were being harassed by the EPA and were told they needed an EPA/NPDES permit to dredge their claims which they had dredged for over 50 years or face $37,000 per day fines without the EPA permit. The EPA claimed they had authority over what was essentially every lake, river and mud puddle in America and could force anyone to obtain permission (permits) from them for state authorized mining activities. If you're from CA, OR or WA, you understand this first hand. We extensively consulted with attorneys, mining organizations and legal minds over the legality of the EPA requiring these permits to dredge their real property mining claims and the unanimous decision was an EPA permit was not needed, just the state permit which follows essentially the same guidelines as the NPDES permit. We picked up a claim, obtained our state permits and dredged in 2015 on the SF Clearwater to challenge the EPA on this permitting scheme under the Clean Water Act (CWA). That year, 2015 we were the only people dredging on the river, but had hundreds on the bank during the season cheering us on including an Idaho State Senator, House Representatives, County Supervisors and many more. The EPA did not cite us. The EPA continued to send letters to the miners each year threatening the fines and we again dredged with a state permit, along with several more miners. In 2018, Idaho Conservation League (ICL), a very far left environmental group filed suit against AMRA President Poe for allegations of violations in the CWA. They claimed damages for destruction of fish habitat. The season for dredging this river is one month and the miners were required to perform reclamation of any dredged areas. Sadly, as we were dredging, there were no fish when we started, but as the hole was enlarged many fish started appearing each day in the cool, deeper and safe water. After a week, there were literally hundreds of fish in our dredge hole. USFS fisheries biologist stated to us “I wish you could dredge bank to bank as it creates perfect fish habitat”. When we reclamated the dredge hole at the end of the 2018 season, the fisheries biologist was disappointed we had to fill in the perfect fish habitat. The reclamation we performed returned the river to the state it was in just a month prior and was performed so perfectly, Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR) who issues the dredge permits could not tell where we dredged and we had to point out where our operation was so they could sign off on the end of season inspection (pictured below). Obviously they were impressed with the reclamation. The downside was, all of the fish were forced into other areas instead of our deep pools they loved. ICL, filed suit based on a provision in the CWA that if the EPA does not enforce their policy, a civil suit can be brought forth. It was and it has now been two years since that case was filed and well over a hundred thousand in legal fees to fight it. Two days ago, an Obama appointed federal judge in Idaho ruled in favor of ICL on summary judgement and against Poe. We sincerely believe there are many things the judge was wrong on in his ruling and are exploring options on where to go from here. We formed AMRA to fight for the little guy and sometimes this puts us in the spotlight, in the line of fire and a target by the far left radical groups. AMRA has been vocal against over-regulation since our founding and have relied on support from others (members or donations) to continue to fight for the little guy. We either fight, or roll over and accept the destruction of our liberties. We will be writing more about this as time goes on. ... See more
This hack is possibly the largest in history and exposed 8.4 billion passwords. We checked the link and thankfully our passwords were not a part of this, you should check yours.
We honestly cannot tell you how many times we've been contacted by a mining claim owner who had his/her access blocked by the USFS. While we intervene and are nearly 100% successful in restoring their access, we wanted to show you the actual text in the USFS 2800 manual which is quite clear: 2813.14 - Right of Access to Claim The right of reasonable access for purposes of prospecting, locating, and mining is provided by statute. Such access must be in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Forest Service. However, the rules and regulations may not be applied so as to prevent lawful mineral activities or to cause undue hardship on bona fide prospectors and miners. They cannot "cause undue hardship on bona fide prospectors and miners". Gating a road and requiring someone to carry heavy equipment to their claim is in fact an undue burden. Know your rights........... ... See more
Facebook decided a few days ago it doesn't like my VPN (virtual private network) which masks IP addresses and makes it hard to track us so they decided we don't need to access any emails sent to this AMRA FB page. We have several emails in there, but cannot see them and FB does not have much interest in helping us apparently. If you've sent us an email to the FB page, please resend it to our actual email until we can find a work around: firstname.lastname@example.org ... See more
Gavin is pissed....... SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge Friday overturned California’s three-decade-old ban on assault weapons, ruling that it violates the constitutional right to bear arms. U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego ruled that the state’s definition of illegal military-style rifles unlawfully deprives law-abiding Californians of weapons commonly allowed in most other states and by the U.S. Supreme Court. “Under no level of heightened scrutiny can the law survive,” Benitez said. He issued a permanent injunction against enforcement of the law but stayed it for 30 days to give state Attorney General Rob Bonta time to appeal. ... See more