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Shirley Leeson ALAA 2020 President
March 23, 2020  

We, at ALAA, want to extend our sincere concern for all of you all over these United States.  It’s been troubling times for all of us.  This global corona virus pandemic is affecting all of our families, our businesses, our communities, even our way of life.  We urge you all to take precautions for your safety and health and that of your families.  We are strong, we are Americans and we have been through trying times in the past.  Nothing will keep us down.   Let’s all hope and pray that this curse will come to an end soon and we can get back to what recreational rockhounds do best….collect rocks.   So, Rock On!  

Shirley Leeson, the officers and directors of American Lands Access Association.

Fieldtrip Journal for Public Lands - NEW 2019

  • This is the simple Journal to document your Fieldtrip Activities and record the access routes
     needed to get to and from collecting sites.  Download and print this PDF file by clicking here! 
  • This data will be useful when asked to submit comments to Public Land Managers during the Public Comment Period on potential Public Land Access Closures proposals. 
    Your information could save your collecting sites from route closures and access restrictions.....

For more information and additional forms on Field Trips go to the Fieldtrips Info page



Additional Info

 Current Desert Temperatures in the Southwest

Recreational Rockhounding on Public Lands - What is legal? Here is the Definition 

Contact the Department of the Interior (DOI) Added 4-14-2017

NEW: The Greater Sage-grouse NOT Listed as endangered Read the announcement - September 21, 2015

Urgent News:  Final Rule released for collecting Fossils in National Forrests Effective date is May 18, 2015

NEWAnalysis of DRECP on Rockhounding in California Deserts

NEW: Latest Information on Importing, Possession, Sale of African Elephant Ivory.  See Public Service/Info page.  August 1, 2015

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Support Club/Society Shows that Support ALAA

Our General Public Meeting was again a big success. We want to thank Lenora Smith for arranging for Congressman Paul Gosar, of Arizona’s, 4th congressional District, and Chair of the Congressional Western Caucus, to be our guest speaker for the evening’s program. Left Picture: Lenora holds a piece of Arizona Petrified Wood with Congressman Gosar.

In the right picture below Congressman Gosar address Public Land Issues as they may affect the Recreational Rockhound. We again Thank Congressman Gosar for taking time from his busy schedule to speak at our meeting and Lenora for making the contact and Arrangement.

Once again Rockhounds gather in Quartzsite, Arizona on January 20, 2020 to remove litter and trash from our public lands. Our seventh annual Quartzsite ALAA- Rockhound Clean-Up took place at Gold Nugget Road just east of Quartzsite.  Though three tons of trash was not collected there was over ten large bags collected.   The trash was secured and stacked by the side of the road for later collection and transport by our BLM Partners to the appropriate disposal site.

Among the Rockhounds participating this year were from the Northwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies (NFMS), Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies (RMFMS) and the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies (CFMS). 

Thank you to all of the Recreational Rockhounds who made this year’s Quartzsite area Public Land Clean up a success. We look forward to seeing more Rockhounds and concerned Citizens in 2020.   American Lands Access Association

ARE YOU WILLING TO DO A BLM/FORESTRY CLEAN-UP by Shirley Leeson ALAA Ambassador and  Past President

IVORY and ROCKHOUNDS (See H.R.226 1-12-2017)


Wildfire Safety Tips

Interactive Map of Public Lands Use Fees

 "NEW PAGE" - Rockhound Safety in the Field and Lapidary Shop

New Page - Rock Pictures - Closed Collecting Sites

Links to Rockhounding and Lapidary Sites

  • "New rules for meteorite hunters unveiled" (Space.com, 10/11/12)
    BLM Instruction Memorandum No. 2012-182. "provides guidance to the BLM’s field office managers for administering the collection of meteorites on public lands in three 'use categories,' said Derrick Henry, a public affairs specialist for BLM in Washington, D.C. ... 'The policy recognizes that there is interest in collecting meteorites by hobbyists … but it also is recognition that there are science and commercial interests as well' ... It is the first time the BLM has formally addressed rules regarding collection of meteorites on public lands".
  • Rear More................
  • BLM Instruction Memorandum No. 2012-182
  • FAQ ~ Meteorite Collecting on Public Land  (PDF)

This Website is an informational website for Rockhounds containing information on current and proposed legislation and regulations.  It contains information of interest pertaining to the hobby of  collecting of rocks, minerals and fossils. It is continually in a state of being revised and tries to maintain the latest information on subjects of interest to the Rockhounding Community. If you, the user, know of any legislation, regulation or points of interest to Rockhounding. Please contact us with the information you feel is of interest and it will be investigated for posting.  Contact can be made though the following email addresses. webmaster@amlands or Contact ALAA Enjoy the Website and Thank You for your support.

As a non-profit, grassroots organization funded primarily by membership dues and donations, we greatly appreciate your support. Visit the Membership Page to fund our efforts to help preserve your collecting areas!

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Greater Sage-grouse Issues in Western US & Rockhounding..... Up-Date June 22, 2017


"ALAA advocates accessible and sustainable consumption of natural resources that comply with current laws and regulations on Federal and State Managed Public Lands by Amateur Rock, Mineral and Fossil collectors."

Government Websites of Interest to Rockhounding  ** NEW **

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This Corporation is organized and shall be operated as a nonprofit corporation exclusively for the promotion of social welfare as that term is used in section 501(c) (4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or the corresponding provisions of any future federal income tax laws, with the specific purpose to promote and ensure the right of amateur collecting and recreational mining, and the use of public and private lands for educational and recreational purposes.

ALAA’s goal is to provide current information to the Rockhound Community on issues affecting access to existing and potential collecting sites. To provide advice and means to contact Public Land Managers and Legislators on actions affecting Recreational Collecting Activities of interest to the Rockhound Community.       ALAA has become an organization that is present wherever there are hobbyists and recreational users of our public lands whose interests and concerns are not being heard or are being jeopardized by proposed policy, regulation or legislation at the local, state and federal level.

The American Lands Access Association is dedicated to the protection of the rights of the casual collector of rocks, minerals and fossils.

 ALAA, the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies and the 7 Regional Federations do not condone the collecting  of any type of specimens where collecting is against Federal, State or local laws, regulations, statues or ordnances.   Federation Members adhere to the AFMS Land Use Polices and the AFMS Code of Ethics while engaged in collecting of rocks, minerals or fossils.  The collecting of any vertebrae fossils on any federal lands is against federal law. The following is an account of one such incident. Read the Story

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