DAVE FJELD MEMORIAL FUND UPDATE: THE LIST OF DONORS

Dave Fjeld, who was very active in Mizzouri prospecting, passed away June 12th, 2015. His wife, Carolyn, set up a memorial fund in Dave’s name to raise funds for PLP. You can read the full text of the article detailing Dave’s memorial fund by clicking Over the Divide.

Most good things in our lives are about the people around us. This memorial is about Dave’s family and friends. PLP wishes to thank Carolyn Fjeld, the entire Fjeld family, and all the donors who are listed below:

 

William Mathein                                                          Barbara Meyer

Donna Daniels                                                            Harvey Walden

Carol Smith                                                                Jeffery & Rhonda Larma

Dave & Betty Gilliland                                                  Robert & Maureen Riordan

Carl & Mary Anna Wolf                                                Nina Thomas

John & Andrea Bargiel                                                 Doug & Emily Schrader

URGENT: MMAC FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN to PUSH BILL THROUGH CONGRESS

Below is the Press Release from Mineral and Mining Advisory Council (MMAC) outlining their campaign to raise funds for the introduction and eventual passage of a Congressional Bill that will protect Public Land access and mining rights.

It is important that you take some time to understand MMAC’s Purpose and goals by visiting their website. There are links to important MMAC documents at the bottom of this press release that should be investigated as well. In addition, a contact number is provided for any additional questions you may have.

It is critical for our community at large to donate now in order to move this Bill into Congress.  -PLP Editor

               

MMAC                                                                 PLP LOGO_2

This is a fund raising effort for all Americans to recover and maintain their Public Land rights. The Mining Industry and related support businesses will benefit, along with individuals who support prospecting, logging, ranching, off-roading, hunting, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and camping. This Bill protects every American’s right to explore and enjoy the great outdoors.

DONATIONS ARE REQUIRED TO FUND AND INTRODUCE AN HR BILL, WRITTEN BY MMAC TO PROTECT OUR RIGHTS TO ACCESS PUBLIC LAND; WITH AN EMPHASIS ON MINING AS A MATTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY, PROTECTED UNDER THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT.

THIS PROJECT NEEDS YOUR PLEDGE BY JANUARY 31st, 2016 FOR A SUCCESSFUL VOTE BY JUNE 2016

This Bill re-establishes Public Land access for all Americans. It re-establishes an Industrial Mineral & Mining Supply Chain for manufacturing in support of domestic & military requirements, something America has not seen since the turn of the 20th century.

This fund raising effort will be used to support the contract with The McKeon Group, LLC. The McKeon Group will make recommendations for improvements to the Bill, locate Congressional sponsors and prepare the Bill for Congressional submission & Committee by January 31st, 2016.

The McKeon Group, LLC, is operated by former Congressman Buck McKeon, who was the last Chairman of the Armed Services Committee. The McKeon Group will guide the Bill through introduction, sponsorship and marketing, in addition to creating a companion Bill for the Senate.

This Bill eliminates overlapping laws, rules, and regulations which restricts Public Land access and cripples the mining industry. In addition, this Bill will support all other industries and activities.

 IN SUMMARY:

All donations are tax deductible, and all donations will be used to retain the McKeon Group.
This Bill will open floodgates to create millions of new long-term high paying jobs.
This Bill rids the United States of overlapping laws, rules, and regulations so businesses can operate without fear.
This Bill will benefit all industries and will bolster the economy, especially rural America.
Key Presidential candidates are being asked to back this Bill.

PUBLIC LANDS FOR THE PEOPLE (PLP) IS A 501(c)(3) CORPORATION WITH A 25 YEAR HISTORY FIGHTING FOR PUBLIC LAND ACCESS AND MINING RIGHTS. PLP IS READY TO ACCEPT YOUR TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TO SUPPORT THE INTRODUCTION OF THE MMAC HR BILL.

TO DONATE VIA CREDIT CARD (NON PAYPAL USERS)

Navigate to www.publiclandsforthepeople.org/join/.
Under Donate to PLP, insert your donation amount in the box.
Click the Donate button. Under Don’t have a PayPal Account, click Continue.
Fill out your information, then click Review Donation and Continue.
Click on Add Special Instructions to the Seller. In the box, type in MMAC HR Bill.
Click the Donate button at the bottom.

TO DONATE VIA CREDIT CARD (PAYPAL USERS)

Navigate to www.publiclandsforthepeople.org/join/.
Under Donate to PLP, insert your donation amount in the box.
Click the Donate button, then log into PayPal.
Click on Add Special Instructions to the Seller. In the box, type in MMAC HR Bill.
Click the Donate button at the bottom.

TO DONATE VIA CHECK

Make your check out to Public Lands for the People.
On the memo line, write MMAC HR Bill.

MAIL YOUR CHECK TO:

Public Lands for the People
20929 Ventura Blvd. Ste 47-466
Woodland Hills, CA  91364

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, please go to the MMAC website: www.mmacusa.org
OR CALL: 530-273-0420.

ADDITIONAL MMAC DOCUMENTS:

Declaration of Miners
Miners Making the Rules and Regulations
MMAC & PLP Update
Organize Your Mining District
Power of the Mining Districts


 

 

 

 

 

Minerals and Mining

Below is the Press Release from Mineral and Mining Advisory Council (MMAC) outlining their campaign to raise funds for the introduction and eventual passage of a Congressional Bill that will protect Public Land access and mining rights.

It is important that you take some time to understand MMAC’s Purpose and goals by visiting their website. There are links to important MMAC documents at the bottom of this press release that should be investigated as well. In addition, a contact number is provided for any additional questions you may have.

It is critical for our community at large to donate now in order to move this Bill into Congress.  -PLP Editor

               

MMAC                                                                 PLP LOGO_2

This is a fund raising effort for all Americans to recover and maintain their Public Land rights. The Mining Industry and related support businesses will benefit, along with individuals who support prospecting, logging, ranching, off-roading, hunting, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and camping. This Bill protects every American’s right to explore and enjoy the great outdoors.

DONATIONS ARE REQUIRED TO FUND AND INTRODUCE AN HR BILL, WRITTEN BY MMAC TO PROTECT OUR RIGHTS TO ACCESS PUBLIC LAND; WITH AN EMPHASIS ON MINING AS A MATTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY, PROTECTED UNDER THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT.

THIS PROJECT NEEDS YOUR PLEDGE BY JANUARY 31st, 2016 FOR A SUCCESSFUL VOTE BY JUNE 2016

This Bill re-establishes Public Land access for all Americans. It re-establishes an Industrial Mineral & Mining Supply Chain for manufacturing in support of domestic & military requirements, something America has not seen since the turn of the 20th century.

This fund raising effort will be used to support the contract with The McKeon Group, LLC. The McKeon Group will make recommendations for improvements to the Bill, locate Congressional sponsors and prepare the Bill for Congressional submission & Committee by January 31st, 2016.

The McKeon Group, LLC, is operated by former Congressman Buck McKeon, who was the last Chairman of the Armed Services Committee. The McKeon Group will guide the Bill through introduction, sponsorship and marketing, in addition to creating a companion Bill for the Senate.

This Bill eliminates overlapping laws, rules, and regulations which restricts Public Land access and cripples the mining industry. In addition, this Bill will support all other industries and activities.

 IN SUMMARY:

• All donations are tax deductible, and all donations will be used to retain The McKeon Group.                                                         • This Bill will opens floodgates to create millions of new long-term high paying jobs.                                                                     • This Bill rids the United States of overlapping laws, rules, and regulations so businesses can operate without fear.                           • This Bill will benefit all industries and will bolster the economy, especially rural America.                                                               • Key presidential candidates are being asked to back this Bill.

 

PUBLIC LANDS FOR THE PEOPLE (PLP) IS A 501(c)(3) CORPORATION WITH A 25 YEAR HISTORY FIGHTING FOR PUBLIC LAND ACCESS AND MINING RIGHTS. PLP IS READY TO ACCEPT YOU TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TO SUPPORT THE INTRODUCTION OF THE MMAC HR BILL.

TO DONATE VIA CREDIT CARD (NON PAYPAL USERS)

• Navigate to: http://www.publiclandsforthepeople.org/join/                                                                                                              • Under Donate to PLP, insert the donation amount in the box.                                                                                                       • Click the Donate button.                                                                                                                                                           • Under Don’t have a PayPal Account, click Continue.                                                                                                                   • Fill out your information, then click Review Donation and Continue.                                                                                         • Click on Add Special Instructions to the Seller.                                                                                                                            In the box, type in MMAC HR Bill.                                                                                                                                              Click the Donate button at the bottom.

TO DONATE VIA CREDIT CARD (PAYPAL USERS)

• Navigate to: http://www.publiclandsforthepeople.org/join/                                                                                                              • Under Donate to PLP, insert the donation amount in the box.                                                                                                       • Click the Donate button, then log into PayPal.                                                                                                                           • Click on Add Special Instructions to the Seller. In the box, type in MMAC HR Bill.                                                                     • Click the Donate button at the bottom.

TO DONATE VIA CHECK

• Make your check out to Public Lands for the People.                                                                                                                 • On the memo line, write MMAC HR Bill.                                                                                                                                     • Mail your check to:

Public Lands for the People                                                                                                                                             20929 Ventura Blvd. Ste 47-466                                                                                                                                 Woodland Hills, CA  91364         

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, Please go to the MMAC website: www.mmacusa.org

or CALL: XXX-XXX-XXX

ADDITIONAL MMAC DOCUMENTS

Miners Declaration of Independence                                                                                                                                        Miners Making the Rules and Regulations                                                                                                                               MMAC & PLP Update                                                                                                                                                                Organize Your Mining District                                                                                                                                                  Power of the Mining Districts

 

 

WALT WEGNER to SPEAK at TEMECULA VALLEY PROSPECTORS NOVEMBER 7th

Walt Wegner, President of PLP, will be the guest speaker November 7th at the Temecula Valley Prospector’s monthly meeting. Walt will be fielding questions in addition to providing the latest updates on the dredge lawsuits and PLP’s position on SB 637.

Temecula Valley Prospectors, located in Riverside County, boasts a membership of 250 strong and is the largest prospecting, mineral and gem organization in the area. Founded in 2001, this family oriented club is a chapter of the GPAA as well as being a supporting member of PLP. Temecula Valley members supported the recent Octoberfest outing in large numbers and played a large part in the success of that event.

Like many other prospecting organizations, Temecula Valley schedules outings to gold claims it owns- one located in Big Bear, one in Coolgardie, and two on the Feather River. This group is also very active attending community events throughout the year.

Temecula Valley Prospectors meets on the first Saturday of every month from 9-12 a.m. at the Assistance  League of Temecula Valley, 28720 Via Montezuma, in Temecula Valley.

-PLP Editor

ARTICLE on FEINSTEIN WHITEWATER PUBLIC HEARING

PLP attends Feinstein’s Public Meeting, Whitewater CA 10/13/15   2 pm

 

Three Proposed Monuments comprising over one million acres:

Mojave Trails (AKA Route 66) Between Needles and Barstow: enlarging the Mojave Preserve

Sand to Snow: 134,000 acres from San Bernardino National Forest east into the desert

Castle Mountains: Taking more land off line around the Mojave Preserve near the Nevada border.

Over 600 people showed up to the public meeting, many of whom had hopes of voicing their opinion on the proposed monuments. Many people are passionate about this issue and came to either support the additional monuments or try to dissuade the powers that be from taking more land from the public and locking it up under federal control.

The Wildlands Conservancy graciously hosted the event, providing food and drinks on their property at the site where they recently mothballed the historic Whitewater fish hatchery and opened a visitor’s center.

The meeting was scheduled to begin at 2 pm and people began arriving very early in the morning despite the very hot weather. There were cars parked along the road for several miles and shuttle buses were provided for the attendees.

Senator Feinstein was the moderator and main speaker, introducing other politicians who each spoke in turn. Feinstein, mentioning in reference to the Castle Mountain monument, that the preserve “seeks only lands that won’t interfere with the mine. No active mine will be affected.” She went on to say “I want to be clear, we have worked a carve out for every commercial mine THE COUNTY ASKED US TO.”

What was not said is oftentimes more profound than what was said, though that is bad enough. Someone in a county office, not involved with commercial mining is deciding which mines get to stay open and which ones get included in the monuments. Also, there is NO PROVISION for prospecting for new mineral deposits, or holding in reserve known deposits that are essential to the national defense. Prices of commodities fluctuate and mines open and close depending on economic and national war status. It is VERY SHORT SIGHTED to exclude prospecting for new and ignoring known deposits that are not currently being mined from the discussion of the monuments.

Feinstein continued… “What this desert carries is the tradition of the West that founded California, and we aim to keep that going.”  She must have forgotten that California became a state far ahead of all the other western states due to the 1849 Gold Rush. Prospecting and mining built California and propelled it into the economic powerhouse of the nation. It was one of the biggest economies in the world for many decades because of mining and then agriculture also boomed with mining. It has been declining in direct proportion to the increase in regulation and the exodus of businesses from the state.

So now it’s the tourist industry the politicians are banking on to pay the tab for the new monuments, since the BLM and Forest Service are strapped for cash as it is. They claim that the monuments will bring in $146 million a year in additional revenue to the area. Funny thing though, the one gold mine getting ready to open in the proposed Castle Mountain monument area (Castle Mountain Mine) is projected to bring in $220 million a year and provide 300 high paying, long term jobs. Just think if we could remove some regulatory barriers and open up more mines in existing areas already impacted from historic mining how the region could thrive! The active and potentially active mines are mostly in historic mining areas, so preserving the natural landscape is not as crucial, though very important. We can do both- preserve the landscape and wildlife, plus have mining production if it is done correctly with oversight by www.mineralsandminingadvisorycouncil.org .

San Bernardino County Supervisor Ramos stated that “80% of the land is under Federal control”. I agree Mr. Ramos, 80% is way too much! There isn’t much left for multiple use when you consider 25% of the area is Wilderness, a bunch more is locked behind military gates, National Parks, National Monuments, Preserves, etc. There just isn’t very much left for multiple use!

Many speakers including Senator Feinstein called on Obama to use the Antiquities Act to create the monuments, since she could not get it through legislative means. Even when the Democrats controlled both the House of Representatives and the Senate, she could not get it passed. There is a reason for that, it’s a bad idea! She said they are requesting Obama to sign the monuments into being as a ‘Plan B’ running concurrently with the legislative track.

Most people think the only, or the best way to protect the land is to make it into a monument, etc. They don’t realize the public has little or no say in what happens after land is declared a National Monument, National Park, Preserve, etc. It actually changes ownership from the citizens of the United States of America to the Federal Government.

Former Mayor of Redlands Pete Aguilar claimed we need a feasible management plan. Yes Pete, we do, but this isn’t it!

Paul Cook’s Chief of Staff explained Cook’s recently introduced bill which he claims is a more balanced management plan; though groups like Minerals and Mining Advisory Council and Public Lands for the People were left out of much of the planning of his proposed bill since we would not compromise. Though much improved over Feinstein’s version, it lacks much of the mineral resource mining preservation we advocate. It may be a lesser of the two evils (three counting Obama’s pen), but it’s still evil! NO COMPROMISE. Too many groups have done this in the past and we are almost out of land to compromise with!

Robert Bonney, Under Secretary in charge of the Forest Service said “68,000 acres of the Sand to Snow Monument would be in the Forest Service area” meaning, it’s already protected under Forest Service management. No need for a monument there! Already being managed…

The Laborers International Union of North America representatives had about 40 people at the meeting. They came out in favor of mining interests because they realize that without mining, there would be no materials to use on construction projects! They get it. They are for preserving some pristine land, as we are. We agree that we should be good stewards of the land, but we need a fully balanced management plan that takes into consideration National Security, Recreation, the Economy and Preservation. Not one over the others.

During the Public Comment period, speakers were chosen “at random” from their comment cards they turned in before the meeting started. The cards asked if you were for, against or unsure of your position on the monuments. It seemed the speakers chosen were far and away more FOR than AGAINST. When the time for comments came to an end, many folks stood up and protested loudly that they had not been allowed to speak. To her credit, Feinstein conceded, saying she needed to leave but her staff would stay and listen to everyone, letting her know the comments that were made. After that, the ratio of AGAINST the monument comments increased dramatically. Hmmmm one has to wonder, well not really.

The Mayor of Hesperia exhorted the politicians to follow the rule of law, forcefully telling them “don’t change the rules in the middle because you don’t like the outcome!” He is against this monument land grab scheme as many, many folks who love the land are.

About 2 dozen of us signed a paper donating our speaking time to Bill Jensen for MMAC. So when everyone was allowed one minute to speak, he bargained with Feinstein, and she only allowed him 3 minutes to speak. Not a very good deal, but he made some excellent points, concluding with the phrase that sums it all up: “Remember, if it’s not grown, it’s mined!

-Ron Kliewer, VP Public Lands for the People

PLP/MMAC OKTOBERFEST: A Huge Success

The 2015 Oktoberfest concluded Monday October 12th after a very successful 4 day run. The PLP Board of Directors would like to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to:

Jim, Sue, and Kristie Jeffery, owners of American Prospector Treasure Seeker

Joe and Karen Martori, owners of the Sleepy Bear Mine

Jack and Gerri Williams, owners of Miners Keepers

In addition, this event would not have happened without the participation of the 300 strong friends and family members who paid good money to attend this outing and make it a success. And not to be forgotten are the group of volunteers in safety green T-shirts who donated their time to make this fundraiser a well run, organized gathering.

A special thank you goes out to these vendors and manufacturers:

Pat Keene of Keene Engineering: Pat provided the men and extra mining equipment for the Common Dig. He also donated a Keene 151S Drywasher as one of the giveaway prizes.

GPAA: Thanks to Brandon Johnson and Dominic Ricci for donating the panning booths for the Oktoberfest. The kids had a great experience panning out gold and gems.

Curt Tims, owner of Little Digger Mining & Supply: Curt set up mining equipment, ran demonstrations and answered questions all day every day. Curt is a big PLP supporter and operates his business in Johannesburg.

Bill Samarin, owner of Mad Mining: Bill is also a large PLP supporter. Like Curt, Bill set up mining equipment, ran demonstrations and answered questions all day every day. He helped make the PLP booth area an interesting place to visit.

Scott Harn, publisher of ICMJ: Scott donated the latest edition of the ICMJ to the attendees of the event. He also presented PLP with a sizeable donation check for PLP memberships bought through his magazine.

Mike Scott of First Texas Products: Mike set up a booth with First Texas products and several giveaways for the Oktoberfest participants.

Whites Electronics: Whites donated a metal detector for one of the giveaway prizes.

First Texas Products: First Texas donated a metal detector for one of the giveaway prizes.

Minelab USA: Minelab donated a metal detector for one of the giveaway prizes.

Although the weather was a bit hot for this time of year in the California desert, that fact did not slow down the participants from prospecting on Sleepy Bear’s 400 acres. Some reported finding good amounts, and others not quite so much. The Saturday night barbecue was fantastic, with brisket, pulled pork, tri-tip and 2 types of sausage. The pot luck sides and desserts offered something for everyone, as did the music that played for 2 days. After the event concluded, there could be hardly a piece of trash found. The folks camping on the grounds left it spotless. The PLP Board can think of no better place to have been October 9-12, and we suspect most if not all of the 300 strong feel the same way.

Thank you,                                                                                                                                                                                 Public Lands for the People

Some Pictures……..

ALERT: PLAN TO ATTEND FEINSTEIN PUBLIC MEETING OCTOBER 13th!

Monday, October 12th

TOMORROW 8:AM Your Attendance Is Requested

STOP THE CLOSING OF 2 MILLION ACRES

Senator Feinstein has organized an AMBUSH Public Hearing & Invited the President of the USA to attend and try to Shut Down 2,000,000. ACRES of Public Land….

PLEASE JOIN US TOMORROW, OCTOBER 13TH for the Public meeting on proposed Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains national monuments.  

WHEN: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2015 AT 2PM Tomorrow! You must arrive at 8am or earlier or you will never get in!

WHERE: The Wildlands Conservancy’s Whitewater Preserve, 9160 Whitewater Canyon Road, Whitewater, CA 92282

LOCATION: Near the Palm Springs area. Directions will be provided below.

This is in a remote location after a 3 day holiday weekend with very little advance notice. This is not an accident.

There are only 23 parking spaces at the Wildlands Conservancy. Arrangements have made for another 100 parking spaces along the road. There are approximately 300 seats available inside the conservancy grounds under a tent. There is a nice picnic area there with gas stoves only. There is little to no cell service in the area. Please bring plenty of water and something to snack on.

The Environmental Lobby made arraignments to bus in over 400 of their supporters in a deliberate effort to keep “Mining & Public Lands for the People, Out”. Walt Wegner, President of PLP, will be present at this event to speak.

In order for Minerals and Mining Advisory Council (MMAC) and Public Lands for the People (PLP) to have representation at this hearing we need you to show up before 8am to have a chance of finding parking and seating before you are deliberately locked out!

Anyone that wants to prevent 2 million acres from being removed from public access without Congressional approval should show up and protest this action. Fill out a Public Comment Card and speak for your (3) minutes. Please remember to dress in an appropriate manner, as this event should be covered by the regional press.

Feinstein has every intention of having Obama sign an Executive Order in the same fashion that the San Gabriel National Monument was accomplished, going around Congress and the Senate.

Feinstein’s Leftist organizations have been notifying conservancy members and supporters for over a month about this “Public Hearing” in an effort to keep everyone else (us the public) out. Congressman Bishop & Cook did not even get a week’s notice! 

If we are going to stop Feinstein’s land grab and another misuse of Presidential powers we must show up and have our voices heard!

Thank you very much,

Public Lands for the People

 

Directions:

– Going East on Interstate 10 you’ll see Morongo Trail Exit (Exit 104) – continue on from there for another approximately 9.4 miles to Whitewater Exit (Exit 114)

– Take the Whitewater Exit (Exit 114)

– Go left, over the freeway for approx. .4 miles to Whitewater Canyon Rd

– Turn left onto Whitewater Canyon Rd

– The location is in approx 4.5 miles, the road dead ends into the property.

  (This location is where the old Whitewater Trout Hatchery was)

 

 

2015 PLP/MMAC Oktoberfest Fundraiser

 

PLP, MMAC (Minerals & Mining Advisory Council), Sleepy Bear Mining and American Prospector Treasure Seeker ask you to save these dates for this event:

Friday, October 9th thru Monday, October 12th
Where:
 Sleepy Bear Mine, Randsburg CA

This is a friendly reminder for those who are planning on attending this great event to please RSVP online before Sunday, September 13th. This is in order to properly prepare for the amount of food required for the Saturday night BBQ. If your RSVP event entry donation is paid after September 13th, you are still very welcome to attend the event, although attending the BBQ will require an RSVP by this date.

Please be aware, due to BLM requirements, all signups must be done ONLINE in advance. Detailed information and the link to sign up for this year’s Oktoberfest Outing can be found here.

We are NOT able to take registrations at the gate.  In addition, we need to get our numbers together for planning purposes. The entry donation can either be paid online with any major credit card or PayPal account or in person at the American Prospector Treasure Seeker Store.  If you have ANY problems with signing up online, please contact American Prospector Treasure Seeker at 951-676-2555.

This event will take place in honor of mining rights legend Jerry Hobbs, the founder of Public Lands for the People. Jerry dedicated many years of his life to fighting for our rights to access public lands. The 2015 PLP/MMAC Oktoberfest event marks the 25 year anniversary for PLP.

This event offers gold prospectors a rare opportunity to search for gold on 400 acres of gold-bearing ground that has been off limits to the public. Gold nuggets have been recovered by detectorists at every fund raiser held on this claim, and dry washing is excellent as well. There is ample room on this property for folks to move around and find places that yield good gold. PLP Board Members will be working nonstop at this event to ensure its success, so feel free to stop by their booth and show them how you’ve done in the field.

We have a lot of great things planned for this family friendly event. We’re super excited and can’t wait to see you out there! Please move this up your priority list and RSVP today. If you were at last year’s event, you know it was a great success.  If you weren’t able to make it last year, you surely won’t want to miss it this year!  Please feel free forward this email and information onto your friends, family, club members etc.  Any and all help promoting the event would be greatly appreciated.

 There will be some great prize giveaways as well. Here is the list to date:

 

  • 151S Dry Washer from Keene Engineering 
  • Whites Sierra SST Super Trac Detector from PLP
  • Gold Cube from Mike Pung & Red Wilcox
  • Dry Concentrator from Mad Mining
  • 4 gram Gold Nugget from Miners Keepers 
  • Pottery Pieces Teri Hudson Pottery
  • Gold detector (model TBD) from Whites Electronics
  • Gold Bug Pro detector from Fisher Electronics
  • Gold’N Sand Hand Dredge from Red Wilcox
  • Crystalline Gold Nugget from Mountain Man Mining
  • Gold and Quartz Specimens from John Howell
  • 122 Gram Campo del Cielo polished slab Meteorite from George Haymans
  • Several fantastic prizes (they won’t tell us!) from Minelab USA

In addition, Fisher, Whites, and Minelab USA are scheduled to attend the Oktoberfest and set up booths to answer any product questions you may have.

We are still in need of volunteers for a variety of functions, including directing participants to camping areas, helping setup food for Saturday night’s BBQ and Sunday morning breakfast, cooking, serving, and other event needs. We know some of you have already stepped up to help; thank you very much. Additionally, if anyone has access to bulk supplies of paper plates, napkins, plastic utensils, paper cups etc. please let American Prospector Treasure Seeker know as soon as possible. This would be a tremendous help to the event.

 We Hope to see you there,

PLP Board of Directors

 

National Park trying to take Eagle Mountain Public Land

To: Eagle Mountain Boundary Study                                                                                     August 18, 2015

Joshua Tree National Park

74485 National Park Dr.

Twentynine Palms Ca 92277-3597

On Behalf of the Board of Directors of Public Lands for the People and our 40,000 plus contingent members, we hereby whole heartedly support the (NO ACTION) option.

These lands rightfully belong to the people of the United States of America and title should be held in trust for that purpose. The NO ACTION outcome guarantees that these lands and all the wealth they afford remain the property of the people of the United States. You have deceived the public by stating publicly and in print that these lands are owned by the BLM. This is patently false and willfully misleading. The BLM does not hold title to these lands, and we demand that you retract and correct this for the public record.

Joshua Tree National Park now owns almost 790,000 acres! Just how much is enough? It never seems to be enough when it comes to the Federal Government, which has given its citizens an 18 trillion dollar debt. Public records show that the Park Service maintenance budget is backlogged in excess of 10 billion dollars, which is a clear signal that the Federal Government has an agenda to take land ownership away from its citizens, but has no plan to maintain these lands.

We are a mineral rich nation and many of these minerals are located within the Eagle Mountain Boundary Study area. These minerals are valuable to all modern “green” technology. We need to harvest these minerals here in America where it can be done in a sound safe matter, and not overseas where environmental controls are non-existent. We will not stand by and watch the Federal Government piece by piece take ownership of our country, as what happened to the people of Venezuela by the communist Hugo Chavez. When the Government owns all the land we are no longer a free people.

It is our belief that by the Federal Government confiscating our land that you will be violating our rights under the mining law of 1872 (30 USC 22-54), Multiple Surface use Act (30 USC 612B), National Minerals and Mining Policy (30 USC 621A), Federal Land Management Policy Act (3,7,8 and 11).

Let this be for the record. You have been given notice that any option other than ( NO ACTION) will be in our view a violation of the law!

Walt Wegner,                                                                                                                                                                           President                                                                                                                                                                                 Public Lands for the People

 

 

 

BLM Trying to Close Eagle Mountain Area Again

Another plan has been discovered to snap up BLM land and add it to the Joshua Tree National Park. This appears to take away our First Class Miners’ (FCMs) Middle camp claim if successful.
We need a full on assault by ALL of our members whether you are a member of FCM’s or not. Take my word for it, it is an amazing area and worth fighting for.
Take a look at the links to articles and information below. Start sending those emails now. We also are going to need a huge turnout for one of the Meetings on August 5th.
August 5, from 6-8 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst St, Joshua Tree, CA 92252 Put it on your calendar and be there.

There is a list of meetings and links to BLM documents below…

Of course we would much rather be mining, eating burgers, winning raffles, etc. Unfortunately this is an additional part of what FCM and PLP is about. So talk to your friends and get them to send emails and especially to attend the meeting and show their support to keep public land open to the citizens to DO things, not just OBSERVE things from the safety of their vehicle or at a predetermined point of interest kiosk like its done in the National Park.

Don’t let them fool ya. They may claim they are “saving” the land from solar and landfills, but make no mistake some one is probably also planning a road, camp sites, kiosks, signs, asphalt, restrooms, manmade trails with more signs, and most of all a list of all the stuff you CANT DO.

What we should say: FCM, have 2 active placer gold claims in the area. There are many active claims in the area, plus rich prospecting ground. We are stewards of the land and we not only protect the remaining remnants of past mining sites but we use them as a teaching tool to keep alive the rich mining history of the area. Use your own words but that’s it in a pinch. OR tell them we just don’t want our public land taken away from us-period. We pay our park entry fee to gain access to the area anyway (by driving through Joshua Tree National Park).

I’ll pass more info along as it comes. Check out the links below. Get smart on the subject and PASS THE WORD. Share on social media everywhere! It does not matter whether people you talk to use that land or not. Every citizen should be up in arms over the federal government taking public land away from the people. Off roaders, hunters, shooters, everyone will be affected.

CALL TO ACTION: PLEASE SHOW UP AUG. 5th in Joshua Tree If you can’t be there, please help out with a letter, email, and phone call. Be polite but to the point.

Online Public Scoping Meeting
Date Start Time End Time Location
07/29/2015 1:00 PM 3:30 PM WebEx
Online, see instructions below
Joshua Tree, California

Learn about the Joshua Tree Boundary study from the comfort of your own home or office.

Description:
You are invited to participate in one of our public meetings where we will provide information and answer questions about the boundary study process and potential options. We also look forward to hearing your comments.

Meeting Directions/Instructions:
To join the meeting:
1. Please click on the URL/Webinar link below to join the online meeting through WebEx.

2. Enter your name and email address. (Do not click on the Host Log In button above it)

3. Enter password: E@gl3public

4. If requested, enter session (ID) number: 646 217 948

5. Click “Join”.

6. Connect to the audio conference: Dial 1-877-915-86591-877-915-8659 FREE, Participant code: 8902477#

Tips and Etiquette for the WebEx Meeting:
– Please log into WebEx early, as there could be some software downloads, and that our meeting can begin promptly. You have up to 30 minutes prior to the meeting’s start time to make your WebEx Meeting and audio connections.
– When you dial into the audio portion of the presentation, even though you may not hear a ‘beep’, you will be joined to the conference.
– Mute your phone when you are not speaking. If you do not have a mute button on your phone, use *6. *6 will mute and unmute your phone.
– Do not put your line ‘on hold’ while you are attending this call. If you need to answer another line, please hang up, attend to your other call, and then dial back in.

For assistance: contact Barbara Butler at (415) 623-2311(415) 623-2311 or Karen Cantwell at (415) 623-2275(415) 623-2275.

URL/Webinar link:
https://doilearn.webex.com/doilearn/k2/j.php?MTID=tf70edf5423517f039e053c2896ace8ed

Enter your starting address to get directions from Google Maps.
Public Scoping Meeting
Date Start Time End Time Location
08/04/2015 6:00 PM 8:00 PM Lake Tamarisk Community Center
26251 Parkview Drive
Desert Center, California

Please join park staff and planners to learn about and discuss planning. You are welcome anytime during the hours identified below.

Description:
You are invited to participate in one of our public meetings where we will provide information and answer questions about the boundary study and planning process. We also look forward to hearing your comments.

Meeting Directions/Instructions:

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Public Scoping Meeting
Date Start Time End Time Location
08/05/2015 6:00 PM 8:00 PM Joshua Tree Community Center
6171 Sunburst Street
Joshua Tree, California

Please join park staff and planners to learn about and discuss planning. You are welcome anytime during the hours identified below

Description:
You are invited to participate in one of our public meetings where we will provide information and answer questions about the boundary study and planning process. We also look forward to hearing your comments.

Meeting Directions/Instructions:

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Public Scoping Meeting
Date Start Time End Time Location
08/06/2015 6:00 PM 8:00 PM UCR Palm Desert Center
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert, California

Please join park staff and planners to learn about and discuss planning. You are welcome anytime during the hours identified below.

Description:
You are invited to participate in one of our public meetings where we will provide information and answer questions about the boundary study and planning process. We also look forward to hearing your comments.

Meeting Directions/Instructions:

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http://www.z1077fm.com/joshua-tree-national-park-examines-…/

http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectId=59291

http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm…

http://www.sbsun.com/…/2015…/joshua-tree-park-expansion-eyed

Steve Scamman
President, First Class Miners, Inc.
president@firstclassminers.org
760-989-1712760-989-1712