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The American Land Access Association (ALAA) will hold several short business-related meetings January 17 -18, 2020, in Quartzsite, Arizona, during the period of the famous QIA PowWow Gem and Mineral Show. These meetings will be the kickoff of a busy year for this important organization. The following summary is offered for your planning:

• A Special Meeting of the current Officers and Board of Directors at which the 2020 ALAA budget and several meeting-related changes to the ALAA Bylaws will be discussed and presented for approval. Officers and Directors will be notified after January 1st as to where and what time the meeting will be held Friday, January 17th, 2020. All Officers and Directors will be contacted by email for confirmation of attendance or arrangements to participate by teleconference.

• Two short meetings are scheduled for the 6PM - 7PM period Saturday, January 18th, at the Community Center, 295 East Chandler Street, Quartzsite, AZ.The 6:00 PM ALAA Annual General Membership Meeting for 2020 at which the assembled members who are eligible to vote will elect the 2020 Board of Directors. No absentee or proxy votes are allowed.

• The newly elected 2020 ALAA Board of Directors will then meet at the same location at 6:30 PM for its Annual election of the slate of ALAA 2020 Officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Assistant Treasurer/Membership).

• ALAA is also sponsoring an educational and informational/discussion session for the Quartzsite community at-large starting at 7 PM in the same Community Center, 295 East Chandler Street, Quartzsite. The session will feature a briefing on key recreational land-access issues and challenges.

“It’s Confirmed....” At the ALAA Meeting in Quartzsite on January 18, 2020 at the Quartzsite Community Center 295 East Chandler Street starting at 7:00 PM MST, our guest speaker will be Congressman Paul Gosar of Arizona’s 4th District and Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus. The Congressman will discuss the latest information on Public Lands legislation and how the laws may effect Recreational Rockhounding in the Western States.  He will inform us on what the Congressional Western Caucus is doing regarding Public Lands.  We may find out what we can do to help keep Public Lands Open for Recreational Activities, such as Recreational Rockhounding.  Please try to attend this important meeting. A Question and Answer opportunity follows the presentation.

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

Once again Rockhounds gather in Quartzsite, Arizona on January 20, 2019 to remove litter and trash from our public lands. Our sixth annual Quartzsite ALAA- Rockhound Clean-Up took place at Dome Rock Road just west 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).                                                                                                                                                      

Lauren Williamsn of IdahoLauren Williams ALAA Vice President from Idaho (NFMS) attends his 7th Quartzsite Clean-Up!

Susy Martin from California (CFMS) H.E.L.P.s  clean up the Desert Landscape for the 7th Year in Quartzsite.

Marty of Arizona (RNFMS)Recreational Rockhound, Marty Droughty from Arizona (RMFMS) brings in his second bag for the clean Up this year. 

Troy Smith from Oregon (NFMS) fills his 2nd bag for the ALAA Quartzsite Roadside Clean Up for 2019.

The Last BagLenora Smith and Tomoko Kira of Oregon (NFMS) add the last bag of Roadside Trash to the  pile for another successful ALAA-Rockhound Quartzsite Litter and Trash Clean Up.

Hidemi Kira leabes a note for the BLMHidemi Kira of Oregon (NFMS) leaves a final note for the BLM as the close of the 7th Annual ALAA-Rockhound Public Lands Trash and Litter Clean-Up comes to an end.

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

Quartzsite Market Place Street Fair
Oct. 1, 2019 - March 31, 2020

Tyson Wells Market Center Swap Meet
Oct 01, 2019 - April 1, 2020

Grease Wood Swap Meet
November 2019 - April, 2020 Desert Gardens - Gem & Mineral

January 01 - February 28, 2020
Prospectors Panorama
January 01 - February 29, 2020

Annual Hi Jolly Daze Parade - Town Park
QIA Pow Wow - Gems, minerals & jewelry
January 15 - January 19, 2020

Annual ALAA Public Information Meeting
Quartzsite Community Center
295 East Chandler Street
January 18, 2010
7:00 PM MST
Special Guest Speaker from the office
of House Representative Paul Gosar
of the Arizona 4th District

Annual ALAA Rockhound
- BLM Clean Up
Monday, January 20, 2020 ~  0800 - 1100 MST
Location - Gold Nugget Road (East side of Quartzsite)


Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show
 January 03 - January 12, 2020
Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama
January 17 - January 26, 2020
Sports, Vacation & RV Show (The Big Tent)
January 18 - January 26, 2020

Tyson Wells Arts and Crafts
January 31 - February 9, 2020

Gold, Treasure & Craft Show - QIA 9 am - 5 pm

February 7 - 9, 2020

 Quartzsite Quilt Show - Quartzsite SR Center
February 7-8, 2020
Quartzsite Gold Show
February 7-9, 2020 QIA building. Friday - Saturday 9-4 Sunday.


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.

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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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