gold dredging

When do I need a PoO…Plan of Operations with the USFS?

As most of you know, we receive calls, emails and messages almost on a daily basis now from members and other small-scale miners about problems with the USFS (Forest Service). Most can be categorized in two columns: 1) USFS telling the miner a Plan of Opertions (PoO) is required to dig a hole. 2) Access […]

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Over-regulation in America means bad things in other countries

The truly disappointing part of this is that we have AMRA members and friends across the western United States right now who are sitting on hundreds of millions, if not billions in rare earth minerals on their mining claims. It’s just that there are so many restrictions, permits, approvals and blockades which prevent them from […]

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Top filed mining claims

We are helping three different miners right now in three different states which have had people top file on their claims. This is a common call we receive and would like to provide some education on the subject. A “top file” is a label miners use when someone tries to claim over an existing and […]

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About the West Virginia v EPA case and does it affect mining?

We’ve had a few of you reach out to discuss the recent ruling by SCOTUS on the West Virginia V EPA case where the court ruled the EPA over-stepped their authority to regulate the Clean Air Act.   Does this help mining? Our take is yes, it is likely. Over the years (many, many years) […]

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EPA case could help mining

We have been speaking about the EPA and their rampant desire to control everything from air to water for over a decade now. This case, about how the EPA is being challenged for making law and over-stepping their authority will have far reaching impacts on the Clean Water Act as well. We elect representatives to […]

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Dredging hypocrisy

Here is how you spell hypocrisy: The recent flooding in Montana will be good for fish. The sediment which washed down for hundreds of miles, the turbidity which turned the river chocolate milk is GOOD for fish. But dredging, which makes a little plume for 100 feet destroys all fish habitat and must be eliminated. […]

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What can the USFS do with mining claims?

We field tons of calls, emails and questions about the USFS and what they can, and cannot do as it relates to mining claims.   Here is the 2800 manual which is the bible for the USFS on precisely that.   We encourage you to read, open the PDF, print it and keep a copy […]

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Call to action….Virginia

Call to action: A miner in Virginia reached out to us on a proposal in that state to evaluate the activity of gold mining in the state and determine if it should be basically regulated out of existence. We would guarantee those who submitted comments wanting this banned, have no clue what small-scale mining is […]

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Please help Elk City Idaho and sign this petition, we have.

This Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests “Forest Plan Revision” petition addresses the adverse economic impact on the greater Elk City, Idaho area’s economy. A significant portion of Elk City, Idaho business community is dependent upon recreation, tourism, hunting, fishing, mining and lodging in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.  The addition of more “Wild & Scenic River” […]

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4.9 million dollars of your tax money for California Trout

4.9 million dollars of your tax money to California Trout to create fish habitat.   Hmmm, I wonder if there is something which creates fish habitat and generates revenue for the state instead of costing the tax payers…..oh, and removing 98% of mercury and lead from those same fishermen?   From the article: “In this […]

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