Small Miner Amendment Call to Action

The SMALL MINER AMENDMENT update and Call to Action
We are overwhelmed with the support PLP has been receiving from around the country for the Small Miner Amendment. With over 2,000 endorsements and counting, this will help to make a greater impact because legislators will see the breadth of support from around the country for the Small Miner Amendment. In just a few weeks our Northern California Director, Clark Pearson and Scott Harn of the ICMJ (Mining Journal), will again be meeting in Washington D.C. with high level officials in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Interior (DOI), along with many legislators and their aides. We are working hard to get this critical mining legislation passed, providing regulatory relief for the small-scale mining community across the nation. Help us to help you: send us your endorsements of the Small Miner Amendment. You can read the complete language here:
It seems there may be some confusion as to what PLP’s proposed legislation is. It is NOT what MMAC has/ had in mind regarding Mining Districts. It is not the same bill at all. It is somewhat like doing arthroscopic surgery to cancerous laws, by using legislation to go in and make tiny incisions (corrections), in multiple places (various laws), to help the sick patient (the miners), heal up and restore full use of their mining rights.

As you read through the bill, you will see just how well the small-scale suction dredgers will benefit! Especially in Sec. 104.
It amends certain US Codes. Here are the current US Codes mentioned so you can more easily refer to and understand the amendments proposed to them (Thanks to Jann Higdem for setting up these links!):

SECTION 101: Improving regulatory accountability
28 USC §2412(d)(1)(A) -Costs and fees

Section 102: Removing overlapping and duplicative authorities
16 USC § 478 – Egress or ingress of actual settlers; prospecting
16 USC § 551 – Protection of national forests; rules and regulations
16 USC § 1604 – National Forest System land and resource management plans
30 USC § 612 – Unpatented mining claims

Section 103: Uniform federal regulation
43 USC § 1702 – Definitions
43 USC § 1748c – Bureau of Land Management Foundation
42 USC § 4332 – Cooperation of agencies; reports; availability of information; recommendations; international and national coordination of efforts
16 USC § 1536(a)(2) – Interagency cooperation

Section 104: Mine operation exemptions from the Clean Water Act
33 USC § 1362(12) – Definitions: “discharge of a pollutant” and the term “discharge of pollutants”
33 USC §§ 1341, 1342 or 1344

30 USC § 803 – Mines subject to coverage
5 USC § 554 – Adjudications (MSHA)

Section 106: Review and revise existing federal regulations
43 CFR Part 4 Dept. Hearings & Appeals; and (DOI)
Part 3800 – Mining Claims Under the General Mining Laws (DOI)
36 CFR Part 228 – Subpart A, Locatable Minerals (USDA)
30 CFR Parts 1-199 – Mineral Resources (MSHA)

30 USC § 43 – Conditions of Sale by Local Legislature

43 USC § 1712(e)(3) – Land Use Plans
43 USC § 1714 – Withdrawals of Lands
You can read more about the Small Miner Amendment and also the need to write letters about MSHA issues right away at:
Regarding letters of support for the “Small Miner Amendments to S 145,” please address them to your member of the US Senate or US House of Representatives. The Mining Journal is collecting the letters to take to D.C.
Completed letters can be sent to the Mining Journal by email to; by fax at (831) 479-4385; or by mail to:
Attn: Scott Harn
PO Box 2260
Aptos, CA 95001
As a personal means to show support for PLP’s efforts, everyone should strongly consider becoming a member. The cost is a mere $35/yr . Keep in mind that PLP is not a prospecting or social club. We are an organization that focuses primarily on “mining rights” and protecting them without compromise! The majority of donations to PLP are from individuals making small donations. Every dollar goes into the fight! We are an all volunteer board, and your donation/ membership, raffle ticket purchase keeps us engaged in the battle.
Order your 2018 Grand Raffle tickets here: Another prize is being added this month!
Also consider subscribing to the Mining Journal to keep abreast of the very latest mining and prospecting news and insights.
Let’s all work together to make an impact. Together we’ve taken some lands back for public multiple use as in the Eagle Mountains and other areas, now let’s work together making history with these current activities to keep them!
Why? Because it matters greatly to the next generation what we do now. We are the Patriots of our generation. It’s about Mining Rights, it’s about Freedom!
Ron Kliewer



PLP has a proposed small miner amendment to Federal Senate Bill (S 145) sponsored by Senator Dean Heller (R-NV). This small miner amendment, written by our legal researcher Clark Pearson, solves most of the small miner’s regulatory problems observed by PLP over the last 28 years. A tremendous amount of research and on the ground practical knowledge has gone into this amendment. This amendment was written by a working small miner to help all miners, big and small. It provides clear and concise regulatory certainty in dealing with all regulatory bodies the miner faces today. It places clear respect for the “Right of Self-Initiation” under the 1872 Mining Law grant and distinguishes certain permitting to be approved by operation of law, holding the agencies truly accountable to mitigation time limits. It sets straight, clarifies and solves sticking points that have caused years of litigation and grief to the mining community from the State and Federal levels and it does it all in only 5 pages! These 5 pages will remove massive amounts of red-tape from the backs of small miners as well as big operators. This amendment addresses: NEPA, MSHA, casual use that does not require a NOI or PO, due process, Forest Service regulations, State regulations/opting out at the discretion of the miner, EAJA, mineral withdrawals, mitigation time limits/approval by operation of law, and undue regulatory interference by State agencies. PLP is presently seeking co-sponsors on the House and Senate side.


Small Miner Amendments to S. 145


(submitted by Public Lands for the People)


SECTION 101:  Improving regulatory accountability

Any federal unpatented mining claimant who prevails in a legal action shall be awarded his reasonable fees and expenses of attorneys, including any expert witness charges, to be paid as provided in sections 2414 and 2517 of title 28, except that if the basis for the award is a finding that the United States acted in bad faith, then the award shall be paid by any agency found to have acted in bad faith and shall be in addition to any relief provided in the judgment.

In any other case involving the exercise of rights under the 1872 Mining Act, as amended, section 2412(d)(1)(A) of title 28 shall be applied without regard to the language beginning with the word “unless” or “substantially justified”.

Section 102:  Removing overlapping and duplicative authorities

(a)        16 U.S.C. § 478 is amended by:

(i)         Adding, after “such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the Secretary of Agriculture,” the phrase “provided, however, that neither the Secretary of Agriculture nor the Secretary of Interior may prohibit or materially restrict motorized access to federal mining claims over historical, visibly-existing or previously-existing trails and roads, or the reasonable restoration or maintenance of such trails and roads”; and

(ii)        Striking “for all proper and lawful purposes, including that of” and striking “the rules and regulations covering such national forests” and inserting “the rules of the Department of Interior concerning mineral development”.

(b)        16 U.S.C. § 551 is amended by adding, after “to regulate their occupancy and use and to preserve the forests thereon from destruction” the phrase “provided, however, that the citation for violation of any such rules and regulations, civil or criminal, is subject to immediate appeal or petition as set forth in 30 U.S.C. § 612(d).”

(c)        16 U.S.C. § 1604 is amended by adding a new subsection (n):

“Renewable Energy” resource planning shall not extend to the development of mineral resources, and renewable resource planning shall be conducted to give full effect to federal mineral development policy as administered by the Secretary of Interior, the Bureau of Land Management.”

(d)       30 U.S.C. § 612 is amended by:

(i) adding at the end of subsection 612(b): “Provided further, that no state or political subdivision of a state shall have duplicative authority to regulate any prospecting, mining or processing operations upon federal lands.”

(ii) Adding a new subsection 612(d) as follows:

“Any federal unpatented mining claimant may petition the Bureau of Land Management that any member of the public or any state or federal agency action endangers or materially interferes with prospecting, mining or processing operations or uses reasonably incident thereto.”


Section 103:  Uniform federal regulation

(a)        43 U.S.C. § 1702 is amended as follows:

(i)         New subsections (q), (r) are added:

“(q) ‘mine operator’ means any person or entity exercising rights of or through the holder of a federal unpatented mining claim.

“(r) Generally ‘mining casual use’ means excavation and/or processing (including motorized excavation and processing) of less than 1,000 cubic yards of material annually per claim; or surface disturbance of less than five acres of ground; use, maintenance, or occupancy of visibly-existing or previously-existing roads, trails, tunnels, mill sites, refining sites, bridges, or existing mining-related buildings; staging, use or occupancy of portable or removable equipment; subsurface operations; or any combination of the foregoing or similarly-limited mineral development activities.”

(b)       A new section is created at 43 U.S.C § 1748(c), titled: “Administration of Unpatented Mining Claims” with the following additions:


“(a)      Federal unpatented mining claims are tracts of public land dedicated to the particular purpose of mineral development, and the exercise of the property rights in federal mining claims are to be managed exclusively in accordance with this section.”

“(b)      Notices of Initiation (NOI) and Plans of Operation (POO)

“(i)       Mine operators may proceed with mining casual use without notice to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).”

“(ii)      Mine operators must provide a Notice of Initiation (NOI) to the BLM thirty (30) days in advance of commencing mining operations beyond casual use. If BLM fails to respond to the NOI within thirty (30) days, the mine operator may commence operations, unless the operation involves a surface disturbance in excess of 100 acres but less than 1000 acres, in which case BLM shall have twelve (12) months to respond and mitigate impacts, after which the operation is approved by operation of law.  All other operations exceeding 1000 acres shall be covered under a plan of operations and approved by operation of law within twenty-four (24) months”

“(c)      Upon receipt of a NOI, BLM shall review the proposed operations for compliance with best management practices and issue a determination as to what, if any, additional best management practices are required.  NOIs may be of any duration specified by the mine operator, and the BLM’s determination with respect to the NOI shall remain effective for so long as operations continue as specified in the NOI and may be assigned to future mine operators.”

“(i) Final reclamation activity in general shall only be required if a mine operator and BLM geologist concur that an ore body is exhausted and that the reclamation will not impede future operations.  Seasonal reclamation activity may be required if it will not materially interfere with future mining operations.”

“(ii)      Reclamation bonding shall only apply if surface disturbance exceeds 5 acres or 1000 cu. yards annually of processed material per claim.  Haul roads, utility roads, temporary milling sites and portable structures, and any other pre-existing land disturbance shall not be included in the 5-acre calculation.  Reclamation costs shall be based upon the average of 3 independent bids.  BLM shall recognize and give effect to bonding pools through a memorandum of understanding to assist large and small mine operators in meeting the requirements of this section.  The bids for bonds and reclamation costs may not be reviewed more often than once every 7 years.  Reclamation bonds shall be refunded to the mining operator within one (1) year of completion of the reclamation, even if the site is subject to continuing monitoring.”

“(d) Any personnel employed by BLM to review an NOI shall have qualifications of at least a bachelor’s degree in mine engineering with a minimum of three (3) years or more experience in private sector commercial mining operations or over five (5) years production mining experience in lode, placer and milling operations.”


“(e)      If BLM determines that any mine operator is conducting operations beyond casual use without providing an NOI, or that any mine operator is conducting operations contrary to best management practices, BLM must provide formal, written notice to the mine operator through a Notice of Noncompliance.  Such notice shall describe the noncompliance and shall specify the action to comply and the time within which such action is to be completed, generally not to exceed thirty (30) days, provided, however, that days during which the area of operations is inaccessible shall not be included when computing the number of days allowed for compliance.  The requirements to issue a Notice of Non-compliance shall apply whether or not the operator has a submitted NOI on file with the BLM and shall not be used to shut down the entire mineral operation.  Actual notice shall be presumed effective when mailed by certified mail, return receipt requested to the owner of the mining claim and operator of record as specified in BLM records, or personally served upon the mine operator.  No enforcement action by any agency, civil or criminal, may be commenced until after delivery of such notice, and no adverse action may be taken against a mine operator until after a hearing with the protections of 5 U.S.C. § 554.  No enforcement action shall halt compliant aspects of the operations that the operator qualifies under casual use activities.”

“(f)      Action with respect to any NOI shall not be ‘major federal action’ within the meaning of 42 U.S.C. § 4332 or ‘agency action’ within the meaning of 16 U.S.C. § 1536(a)(2).”




Section 104.  Mine operation exemptions from the Clean Water Act

(a)        “Mining operations which do not add any chemicals to excavated aggregate or ore, other than water, and native materials, shall not be considered an “addition of any pollutant” within the meaning of 33 U.S.C. § 1362(12).”

(b)        “Mining and processing discharges from mining and processing involving the use of biodegradable chemicals that have a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) reading, “This product is not classified as dangerous for the environment,” “The risk of environmental effects is considered small”, or substantially equivalent language.”

(c)        “Suction dredge and bucket excavation mining within the natural 100-year flood plain of a water body, or operations contained through artificial impoundments to reduce offsite sediment transport comprise incidental fallback and do not represent an “addition” or “discharge” within the meaning of 33 U.S.C. §§ 1341, 1342 or 1344.”

(i)         “Incidental fallback” is defined as: native rock, sand, soil, or vegetative materials picked up, processed to remove or reclaim the mined metal or minerals, and then backfilled at or near the same excavation site.  Offsite turbidity in connection with incidental fallback is also not an “addition” or “discharge” within the meaning of 33 U.S.C. §§ 1341, 1342 or 1344.”



30 U.S.C. § 803 is amended to add the following two items at the end of the section:

“Provided, however, that operations without any employees, or who hire other non-mining work personnel, are exempt from the provisions of this Chapter and any regulations promulgated thereunder.”

“The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) must provide formal, written due process notice to the mine operator through a Notice of Noncompliance prior to citation. Such notice shall describe the noncompliance and shall specify the action to comply and the time within which such action is to be completed, generally not to exceed thirty (30) days, provided, however, that days during which the area of operations is inaccessible shall not be included when computing the number of days allowed for compliance.  The requirements to issue a citation shall apply only to visible violations that have not been complied with and shall not be used to shut down the entire mineral operation.  Actual notice shall be presumed effective when mailed by certified mail, return receipt requested to the owner of the mining claim and operator of record as specified in MSHA records, or personally served upon the mine operator.  No enforcement action by MSHA, civil or criminal, may commence until after delivery of such notice, and no adverse action may be taken against a mine operator until after a hearing with the protections of 5 U.S.C. § 554, unless death or injury has resulted from the non-compliance.”


Section 106:  Review and revise existing federal regulations

The Secretary of Interior shall review and revise existing federal regulations, including but not limited to 36 C.F.R. Part 9 and 43 C.F.R. Parts 4 and 3800, to make them congruent with this Act.  The Secretary of Agriculture shall review and revise existing federal regulations to make them congruent with this Act, including but not limited to the striking or repeal of 36 C.F.R. Part 228.  The Secretary of Labor shall review and revise existing federal regulations to make them congruent with this Act, including but not limited to 30 C.F.R. Parts 1-199.  The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall review and revise existing federal regulations to make them congruent with this Act, including but not limited to 40 C.F.R. Parts 1-50.



No federal consent decree may be entered into or is binding which effects or affects mineral development upon federal lands without written concurrence those federal unpatented mining claimants affected to be heard in connection with entry of the decree.



30 U.S.C. § 43 is amended by adding “Any patented mineral lands whereby the State has not declared its intent to regulate surface disturbances as required by provisions of this act; the land owner or mineral operator at his/her own discretion, may continue to be regulated exclusively under federal law and this part as to surface disturbance and environmental compliance.  Duplicative permitting authority by any State agency or subdivision thereof shall be deemed waived by the State, at the discretion of the owner or mineral operator of the property, unless expressly disclosed in the mineral patent.”



43 U.S.C. § 1712(e)(3) is amended by substituting for the phrase “public lands shall be removed from or restored to the operation of the Mining Law of 1872, as amended (R.S. 2318–2352; 30 U.S.C. 21 et seq.) or transferred to another department, bureau, or agency only by withdrawal action pursuant to section 1714 of this title or other action pursuant to applicable law:” and substituting the phrases “no existing federal managed lands after 1976 shall be removed from operation of the Mining Law of 1872, as amended (R.S. 2318–2352; 30 U.S.C. 21 et seq.), except by Act of Congress.  Public lands and federal managed lands reserved under other laws prior to 1976 that have been withdrawn from mineral entry shall be reopened upon petition showing of valuable metals, minerals, or rare earths, upon concurrence of a competent geologist within six (6) months, and upon submission to Congress.”

Letter to Trump re: Rinehart

December 18, 2017

President Donald Trump

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, D.C. 20500

Re: Rinehart v. California, No. 16-970 (U.S. Supreme Court)

PLP exists to “Represent and assist outdoor user groups and individuals interested in keeping public and private lands open to prospecting, mining and outdoor recreation through education, scientific data and legal means.”

Dear President Trump,

If you have not heard of Public Lands for the People (PLP), we are one of the oldest mining and land rights advocacy organizations in the nation, having fought hard for miner’s rights since 1990. We are reaching out to you, inviting you to unite with us in the struggle to preserve the rights granted to us under the 1872 Mining Law.

Along with supporting Brandon Rinehart in the California state court, PLP has fought other battles in the courts for many years, winning some very key cases for miners in the United States while preserving the spirit of our Federal Mining Law and our National Minerals Policy, codified in 1970, which states: “The Congress declares that it is the continuing policy of the Federal Government in the national interest to foster and encourage private enterprise in (1) the development of economically sound and stable domestic mining, minerals, metal and mineral reclamation industries, (2) the orderly and economic development of domestic mineral resources, reserves, and reclamation of metals and minerals to help assure satisfaction of industrial, security and environmental needs…”

I write to you today in order to make you aware of some rather disturbing recent actions of your Solicitor General in his office’s Amicus paper favoring California’s anti-mining position on mining and specifically regarding Rinehart v. California, No. 16-970 (U.S. Supreme Court).  It is also to address specifics not addressed in a letter sent to you from the defendant’s attorney, James Buchal, on December 8, 2017.

As you are aware, it will be difficult to “Make America Great Again” without domestic manufacturers that have access to domestic sources of raw metals and minerals mined here in the United States.  The problem is this: states such as California and your present Solicitor General support these actions that promote duplicative state regulation that overrides and is in direct conflict with Federal land planning objectives under the guise that state law can be more restrictive than federal law.

Unlike what your present Solicitor believes, this is exactly what the US Supreme Court warned about in California Coastal Comm’n v. Granite Rock., 480 U.S. 572 (1987).  Anti-mining states such as California have a rather insidious way of carrying out this anti-American policy.  They require a state permit on federally managed land—a permit that is physically impossible to obtain in the case of Rinehart.

Rinehart, in good faith, was carrying out his obligations under federal law and was caught in a scheme some have called “regulation by strangulation” whereby the state or federal agency requires a permit that it will not, or cannot issue in a timely fashion, then proceeded to criminally prosecute Rinehart under state law for not having that permit.  A common tenet in law is that “the law does not require impossibilities,” but here in California, the rule of law and the justice it stands for is out the window. The state of California claims harm without environmental proof, which adds to this miscarriage of justice.

I understand that more of the swamp (administrative state) needs draining in order for your Presidential orders to be carried out and we at PLP admire your courage, drive and commitment.  So if it is at all within your power as President to ask your Solicitor General to withdraw his Amicus regarding Rinehart v. California, No. 16-970 (U.S. Supreme Court) that acts to reward regulatory abusers such as California, it would be greatly appreciated.


Without your help, California and your current federal Solicitors stand as obstacles to federally encouraged activities and the security of our nation. Until next time, Let’s Keep Taking it Back while we Make Mining and Multiple Use Public Lands Great Again!

Thank you for your time and attention to this urgent matter, and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Public Lands for the People, the Traditional Mining Districts, and our entire national membership,


Ron Kliewer, President


Public Lands for the People

23501 Burbank Blvd.

Woodland Hills, CA 91367


Phone: (844) PLP-1990



cc: Attorney General Sessions

Secretary Ryan Zinke

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San Bernardino Court

PLP was present with counsel in court today ready to address four issues before Judge Ochoa. Unfortunately, Judge Ochoa wasn’t ready to hear our cases and moved the hearing back to July 25th, 10 am, 9th floor in San Bernardino Superior Court. We welcome anyone that wants to come out and support our efforts in court to remove the ban on dredging in California.

Ron Kliewer, President

APRIL Grand Raffle Announcement

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Supporting the raffle helps us continue to fight for miner’s rights, and until next time, Let’s Keep Taking it Back while we Make Mining and Multiple Use Public Land Great Again!

Ron Kliewer,  President

























March 2017 Newsletter

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Happy FLOOD GOLD Season!

After the heavy rains in the west, this summer promises to be one of the best mining seasons for small scale miners in many a year! Here we are on the verge of a great new mining season, and there is still legal work to be done in San Bernardino with the California dredging cases we have been plaintiffs in against the state of California for nearly a decade now. We are never giving up until miners are back in the water!

We are proud to stand with Minerals and Mining Advisory Council (MMAC) to get new legislation in place that will put more teeth in the 1872 Mining Law for the miners. To that end, MMAC has been working hard, meeting with many movers and shakers in Washington DC for a week in February and another week in March. That is very important work which when completed, will benefit all miners, mining districts, mining companies and of course, all of America.
You can read the whole story by clicking HERE.

Everyone likes a little good news, right? The tide is turning… these California miners just won a HUGE case against Sacramento County, CA. Over $100 Million awarded! That decision should give the scheming thieves a reason to think twice before they roll any more miners! Read the Sacramento Bee article HERE.

PLP has been very busy working for our membership, not only supporting the work MMAC is doing on behalf of us all, keeping the dredging cases up, paying ongoing bills, speaking and raising funds at a great Gold Show in Quartzsite Arizona a few weeks ago. We wish to thank the sponsors of that show (including Richard Trusty),and say a hearty “Thank you!” to everyone for such a warm welcome by vendors and the public alike. We continue to be busy educating and helping miners with various issues around the country.  We are working tirelessly to make PLP great again, putting the miners donations back to work that were frozen as a result of nefarious actions on the part of former (resigned), board members and others. To that end, PLP recently filed legal action against Pat Keene, Ray Kender, Barry Wetherby, Dwayne Platz, Mitchell Noble and Does 1-50. You can read the entire complaint HERE.

As you know, it takes all of us doing a little to accomplish a lot! You can do your part to help us Take It Back And Keep It by renewing your supporting PLP membership, and if you are able, make a donation above your normal membership to help us make the extra push to support the Mining District revival. The power of the mining districts is truly beginning to be realized in Congress. Let’s pull together and show the politicians we are united in our cause! You can find out more about it here:  

We are continuing to fight for miner’s rights, and  until next time, Let’s Keep Taking it Back while we Make Mining and Multiple Use Public Land Great Again!

Ron Kliewer


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Woodland Hills, CA 91367

February Newsletter

Hello Folks,

Here we are in a new year with a new government settling into place in Washington DC, and a new set of challenges in front of us. Yes, it is great that our new President is pro-American business and willing to do what he can (which is a lot!), to Make America Great Again, But ‘We The People’ still need to do our part and be actively involved in the process. You can’t sit back and expect that everyone else will get it done. We The People have spoken and We The People must act on our convictions. It’s time to stay involved, write letters to your Congressmen and Senators and make phone calls. A hand written letter is worth thousands of form letters! There are still fights in progress such as the Eagle Mountain land annex where the National Park Service is working hand in hand with BLM to take 22,000 acres of mineral rich land into the National Park to be locked away. Get involved and write letters. The comment period closes Feb. 16th   Even in a national emergency where our enemies refuse to sell us any rare earth minerals that are crucial to our national defense, once locked in the National Park, the minerals may as well not exist. Even if the land could be moved back into Public Domain, it would takes years to develop the mines so as to be useful in the defense of our nation.

We have an update to our dredge lawsuits here in California. It appears Judge Ochoa has for the second time cancelled the upcoming hearing on the CEQA and “one subject” motions, this time pushing the hearing out to July 12, 2017.

You all may recall that these motions were initially to be heard in January 2016, then stayed on account of the Rinehart case, then set for April 21st 2017, then cancelled at Judge Ochoa’s instance and moved to May 12th 2017. Although we are very confident that we can get the CEQA process and the 2012 regulations thrown out due to the faulty science and violations of the process by the State of California, that won’t get us back in the water dredging due to the water board permitting process lumped on by the legislature.

We do have a solution that will remove all states from regulating unreasonably on Federally managed lands and give the power back to the MMAC affiliated mining districts.

We are working feverishly to get new legislation in place that will put more teeth in the 1872 Mining Law for the miners. This must happen within the next 2 years while the Republican majority is in place. Do your part to help us Take It Back And Keep It! Renew your supporting membership in PLP and make a donation above your normal membership to help us make the extra push supporting the Mining District revival under the expert guidance of the Minerals and Mining Advisory Council! The power of the mining districts is beginning to be realized in Congress. Our advisors were in DC for the inauguration. Joe Martori, Clark Pearson and Scott Harn, all MMAC advisors are in Washington DC right now for a rigorous week of work on our behalf to get our Federal legislation through and signed by President Trump!  You can read the bill here:

PLP volunteers will be set up at the big Quartzite, Arizona Gold and Mineral show Feb. 10-12, so come out and show your support! We will have gold bags for sale, a panning area, PLP T-shirts, expert prospecting advice, Challenge Cards, PLP bumper stickers  and speaking at the show. We are excited to be there! Find out all about the show here:

Though our membership voted in new By-Laws last year which we are now operating under, the Board Members that resigned last July are still having their charade meetings, pretending to be PLP Board Members at Keene Engineering’s office. We are saddened to announce that because of these actions, by GPAA’s request, PLP will not be allowed to set up at any of their events until GPAA is satisfied that the Board dispute has been resolved. As far as we are concerned, the dispute was resolved when the PLP Membership overwhelmingly approved the new By-Laws last fall.  We will miss so many of you we consider our friends at these shows, but will keep in touch other ways like through our newsletters, website, new shows we’ve never worked at before, and “out there” in the gold fields.

We are continuing to fight for miner’s rights, and are still Plaintiffs in the two dredging cases in San Bernardino. Your board of directors are all volunteer! Please help us help the mining community by renewing membership and making an extra donation.

Until next time, Let’s Keep Taking it Back while we Make Mining and Multiple Use Public Land Great Again!

Ron Kliewer