Tribute to Jerry Hobbs

It is with extreme sadness and regret that Public Lands for the People announced the passing of one of its founders, Jerry Hobbs. Jerry passed away peacefully in his sleep Dec. 28th, 2014, after six weeks of struggling with heart issues. He will be missed terribly by Public Lands for the People, the mining community and especially by his family and friends. The Board of Directors for Public Lands for the People pledged to continue to carry the torch in the fight for public lands and mining rights. They have always been committed to doing this, but they are now even more determined to do so in Jerry’s honor. In lieu of flowers, it was Jerry’s wish that people would join PLP; not only donating funds, but getting involved, volunteering to link arms in the cause that he gave his life represented.
Some men seem larger than life by their size, others by what they accomplish in life. Jerry was definitely the latter. He accomplished so much in his life for small scale miners, and especially for property rights and for freedom granted us by the Constitution, that any one tribute could not cover it all. Jerry was a mountain of a man when it came to fighting to keep our Public Lands rights, and he stood up to everyone no matter the odds, fighting for what he knew to be right, fair and just.
He was a visionary, seeing the onslaught of the environmentalist groups and government regulations long before anyone else hardly had an inkling of the threat to our freedom. He was rare in that he not only identified the threats, but acted proactively to thwart those threats by forming what is now known as Public Lands for the People, a 501-c3 non-profit organization that has been spearheading the fight to restore dredging rights in California over the last 5 years, as well as many other, lesser known battles (with many victories!).
Even while lying in his hospital bed, Jerry was more concerned about the affairs of PLP and the legal battles that are underway than his own welfare. Those of us that have known and worked with him over the years were not at all surprised with his dedication to his life’s work, right to the end. You see, these past many years he has dedicated his entire life, morning till night, to helping others. He would often do legal research for anyone that requested answers to public lands/ mining rights/ roads issues. When he wasn’t doing that, he was working on fundraising to keep PLP able to stay in the legal fights.He always had a good sense of humor, except if you were on the wrong side of the issues, then, well, you just don’t cross a man on a mission!
Jerry Hobbs, we will miss you. Your legacy will continue in the capable hands and leadership of PLP. We will continue to build on the solid foundation you have laid. We will never give up my friend; for you, for our kids, and for their kids. We will continue to carry the freedom torch in your honor, the one you inspired to be lit in each one of us. You were a rare leader, a man among men; and in many ways, larger than life. We were blessed to be counted among your friends. You are missed. Good bye friend.Ron Kliewer,
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Public Lands for the People

2015 PLP Octoberfest Fundraiser Event

PLP is celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary this year! Please come out to honor Jerry and celebrate PLP’s many fine accomplishments with us! We will honor Jerry’s memory and acknowledging his role in mentoring those who are carrying on his legacy of keeping our public lands open to multiple use.

Details of this event subject to change as we plan further improvements.

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What: The PLP Octoberfest
Sponsors: The PLP (Public Lands for the People), MMAC (Minerals & Mining Advisory Council), Sleepy Bear Mining &
American Prospector Treasure Seeker ask you to “save the dates” for the 2015 Oktoberfest PLP/MMAC Fundraiser.
Who: This event is open for gold prospecting, metal detecting, hiking, off-roading, dirt biking, camping, bottle
collecting & relic hunting at an old dump site.

ALL outdoor enthusiast groups welcome!
Any and all age levels are welcome to join. Come on out, find some gold!  This is a family friendly event.

Event Location: Sleepy Bear Mining, Randsburg, CA
Who: EVERYONE is welcome to join in this event.  The claim will be open to
prospecting, metal detecting, off-roading, dirt biking- camping etc.  

When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday October 9th through 12th, 2015


* Objective: Our goal is to bring all types of outdoor enthusiasts TOGETHER and UNITE ourselves in effort to raise funds for the PLP and MMAC. The PLP Is a A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization which fights for our rights to public lands. As outdoor enthusiasts & Americans WE ALL have rights to public lands, which are being taken away from us more and more each day. In 2014 we had approximately 300 people attend the Oktoberfest, and we hope to double in size this year!


(volunteers/sponsors/prize donations will be needed for this event)

“Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our
children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to
do the same.”
Ronald Reagan
More details will be available as time progresses at:
Please follow the link from the home page of our website and join the “Oktoberfest email update list” to receive more
information as it becomes available.


*** This event will take place pending permit approval.***

Please contact American Prospector Treasure Seeker
via email at with questions.American Prospector Treasure Seeker
28900 Old Town Front Street, #101
Temecula, CA 92590

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