Idaho USFS

How long does it take to get a mining plan approved?

From our good friend Justin Karr in Washington: The average length of time it took BLM and the Forest Service to complete the first three steps of the mine plan review process and approve 68 mine plans from fiscal years 2010 through 2014 was approximately 2 years. However, the time varied widely, ranging from about […]

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Supreme Court Moves to Overturn Conviction of Joe Robertson, Fined and Jailed for Digging Ponds on his Rural Montana Property

Justice is finally served in Montana. (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that the Supreme Court of the United States has overturned a lower court decision affirming the conviction of Joseph Robertson, a 78-year-old veteran now deceased who was sentenced to prison for digging ditches on his rural Montana property to protect the area […]

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Who funds the radical environmental groups? Read this….

While George Soros is known to heavily fund progressive agendas, there is another billionaire whose goal is to fund environmental causes, Hansjörg Wyss.  A native of Switzerland who now lives in Wilson, Wyoming, Mr. Wyss made his fortune in medical research and his medical device manufacturer Synthes. Mr. Wyss created the Wyss Foundation for philanthropy, […]

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Landmark decision in Idaho on rule making by agencies

From Pacific Legal Foundation webpage          pacificlegal.org Unelected bureaucrats hold tremendous power over us, thanks to decades of Congress delegating evermore authority subject to the vaguest of constraints. However, Congress has imposed some checks on federal bureaucrats to ensure a modicum of democratic accountability over the administrative state. One of those checks […]

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Research paper on suction dredging by an AMRA member and student

We wanted to share a paper written by a college student and AMRA member we recently met in Sonora. Thank you Mariesa for your hard work researching and writing this paper!   Suction Gold Dredges Benefit California’s Rivers and Streams Mariesa Yeoman Southern New Hampshire University Introduction Destruction, pollution, and a lack of respect for […]

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Another story on USFS taking lands

We’ve long held that many within the USFS are good people, and they are, but we see stories like this one way too frequently. From the Aspen Times: Access to a private driveway is at the heart of a dispute between the owner of a Lenado residence and the U.S. Forest Service. Eaden Shantay filed […]

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Another USFS regulatory scheme

The USFS is proposing adopting a new regulatory scheme for suction dredging. Before we get into the nuts and bolts of this let us ask you a quick question:   Have you ever seen a management or regulatory agency adopt anything….ever which benefits the public whom they claim it works for, or is your experience […]

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Two new cases

We have two new men we are working with on unbelievable cases in two different states. The first is a man who buys and sells used mining equipment out of his garage along with small samples of minerals he collects on his mining claims in CA. His vehicle was parked in his driveway, on his […]

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A little note about the USFS

Since we have returned from our trip to Idaho we have received an overwhelming number of calls from miners and public land users all across the west with documented problems with the USFS. Problems like ignoring Plans of Operation applications, in some cases for years….they are supposed to respond to them within 30 days. They’ve […]

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California update:

Update on dredging in California:   Yesterday we met with the California Water Board (CAWB) in Sacramento over the permitting of suction dredging for 2019 along with several other mining organizations here in CA.   This is the second meeting in the past 3 weeks and yes, they still do in fact intend on creating […]

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