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Urgent News Release:  Public hearings for California Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan.  A must to attend by Rockhounds to try to save access to California desert collecting sites. More on the DRECP

NEWAnalysis of DRECP on Rockhounding in California Deserts

The annual ALAA Business Meeting was held in Tulsa, Oklahoma on July 12, 2014.  The election of officers for 2015 was accomplished as per the by-laws.  Elected were: Shirley Leeson-President, Lauren Williams - Vice President, Treasurer - Frank Mullaney; Secretary - Susy Martin; Assistant Treasurer/Membership - Cheri George. Directors Elected were Dr. Bob Carlson, Doug True and John Wright for a three term. The next Annual Business Meeting will be in Austin, Texas in October 2015.

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Washington Report - ARRA

January 02 - January 14 2015 Prospectors Panorama
January 01 - February 28, 2015 Desert Gardens -Gem & Minerals
January 02 - January 11, 2015 Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show
January 05 - January 25, 2015 Main Event  
January 16 - January 25, 2015 Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama
January 22, 2015  Ye Old Timers Auction, Senior Center, Moon Mtn. Rd.  7pm

January 23, 2015 ALAA Meeting Quartzsite Alliance Church, 720 W. Desert Vista 7:00 PM MST
January 25, 2015 ALAA-BLM Clean up will begin at 8:00 am MST Tom Wells Road Off-ramp 

January 21 - January 25, 2015 QIA Pow Wow Gem, mineral & jewelry (The Original Show in Quartzsite)
January 30 - February 8, 2015 Tyson Wells Arts and Crafts
February 13 - February 15, 2015 Quartzsite Gold Show 

There were over 200 in attendence at the 3rd annual Quartzsite, AZ. ALAA-BLM informational meeting.The  ALAA Meeting was well attended with over 200 Rockhounds, OHV  Enthusiasts  and local Miners on Friday, January 23th at the  Quartzsite Alliance Church, 720 W. Desert Vista. It was an informative meeting with speaker John McDonald from the Yuma BLM Office who talked about the La Posa Travel Management Plan that has been released for public 30 day review and comment.

John McDonald talks to Rockhounds before the meetingJohn McDonald of the Yuma BLM Office talks with meeting attendees prior to the meeting.  John brought maps of the area with several different possible alternatives for the proposed TMP.  He also brought and distributed CDs with the text of the plan and all of the  maps for the route alternatives. 

John McDonald presents Shirley Leeson, President of ALAA, the Sign to be posted at the two ALAA Clean-up sites.John McDonald of the Yuma BLM Office congratulates ALAA for their successful efforts in helping to keep the Public Lands around Quartzsite free of litter and trash.  In the last 3 years of the annual project ALAA and Rockhounds have helped to remove over 5 tons of trash from the Public Lands managed by the Yuma BLM Office.  The BLM has provider the clean up sites with signs reminding users to keep their Public Lands clean.  The signs will be posted at the two sites where ALAA has been collecting trash.  They  state "This Site Was Cleared of Trash By The American Lands Access Association.  Please Take Care of Your Public Lands"

Ed Foster, Mayor of Quartzsite, AZ., explains some of the areas of concern for Quartzsite and surounding areas that will be affected with the La Posa TMP.After John McDonald's presentation, Ed Foster, the Mayor of Quartzsite provided information on some of the local activities being presented to the BLM and legislatures on the use of Public Lands in the state of Arizona. He provided comment sheets to those wanting to make formal comments on the La Posa Travel Management Plan Proposal.  He was well received by the attendees.  Read More on theTMP Proposal.

The Third Annual Quartzsite ALAA-BLM Cleanup is scheduled for Sunday, January 25, 2015 it will begin at 8:00 am MST and last for about 2 hours.   The location is west of Quartzsite, AZ., at the Tom Wells Road Off-ramp (Exit 5) from I-10 on the south side of the road.  See Ya' There! 

Rockhounds from several western states collect trash and debris from an area south of I-10 on Tom Wells Road.  Over one ton of trash was collected by the Rockhounds and hauled away by the BLM.The third Annual ALAA Sponsored BLM Trash clean up was held this year in Quartzsite, Arizona.  Rockhounds from around the area came to help clean up trash along the south side of Tom Wells Road about 15 miles west of Quartzsite   The clean up activity is now a yearly  activity by ALAA Members and Rockhounds visiting the Quartzsite area during the month of January.


Morning Sunrise over the mountains to the east of Tom Wells Road.Sunrise over Tom Wells Road Road  Area was quit vivid the morning of the 3rd annual ALAA Public Land clean-up.  Around 20 Rockhounds, OHV users and BLM personnel spent over 3 hours in the early morning cool and collected a  trailer load  of trash and garbage from along the south side of I-10 on Tom Wells Road 15 miles west of Quartzsite, Arizona.    The effort was again a great success and plans are already under way for the 2016 area clean-up.   

Because of the work being accomplished by ALAA and concerned Rockhounds for our Public Lands, the BLM is placing Clean up signs at both the Tom Wells Road and Golden Nugget Road Locations acknowledging the effort of ALAA and Rockhounds as good stewards of Public Lands.  These signs will remind travelers and users that these lands are your Public Lands and as such need to be kept clean of waste and trash.

"Congress has never given us the tools to fight"

I testified at the U.S. House Legislative field hearings in Billings about a year ago. Doc Hastings was the chair. (House Natural Resource Committee). About the last question that was asked of the panel I sat on was from Rep. Hastings. He asked 'it seems you and your organizations are always on the defensive, who don't you go on the offense?'

I raised my hand and he called on me. "Rep Hastings, the problem is you have never given us the tools. "You gave the environmental groups the CLEAN AIR ACT, THE CLEAN WATER ACT, THE EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT, THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT, THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT, THE FOREST AND LAND MANAGEMENT ACT, THE WILDERNESS ACT, but you have failed in giving us any tools to fight these wrongs."  He (Doc Hastings) didn't have an answer..                                                                                   Kerry White, Citizens for Balanced Use, Gallatin Gateway, Montana

Interactive Map of Public Lands Use Fees

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

New Page - Rock Pictures - Closed Collecting Sites

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  • "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

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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.

                                      PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
                                              December 2014
                                              Shirley Leeson

    As we bring to a close 2014, I look back on all the things that have happened this year…..and it’s overwhelming.  But the most pressing right now is the DRECP (Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan) plan, five years in the making by those hell bent on closing what little is left of the Southern California Desert.  This amounts to less than 10 percent.  All the special interests have carved out various areas that have taken away millions of acres of land once thought of as multiple usage.  Land we all could share and enjoy.  Now, many places have fences and locked gates and worse still giant areas are covered with solar panels and there are more to come, along with wind turbines.  Jerry Brown, governor of California has made it his priority to get all his renewable energy plants in the desert and use public land to do it.

            All the state and federal governments are working in lock step to achieve this. Rockhounds are in the middle of this and at the bottom of the priority list.  We were not asked to sit at the table during the last five years and give our input. Their goal is “planning for renewable energy development while protecting habitat in the California Desert.”  Nowhere does it say, any of this is in favor of recreation or multiple use by people.

            I spoke to the BLM’s Desert Advisory Council on Saturday, December 6th.  I called rockhounds, “The Ghosts of the Desert.”   The endangered Species.  Rockhounds are the forgotten people of the desert. There are thousands of us.  We leave little behind to let you know we’ve been there.  We carry out others trash, as well as our own. Many have been calling the desert our second home since the 1960s but you don’t even know we’re there.  Unlike the protected desert tortoise and other endangered species that have had thousands of acres set aside, the rockhound may be entirely shut out of our beloved desert.

            I asked for help in setting aside some of our sacred places. Help in including rockhound areas in the DRECP plan.  I reminded some there that there was an economic impact that no one was anticipating.  Rockhounds spend money in the small towns spread throughout the Southern California Desert.  If we are locked out, we won’t be coming through their towns any longer.  One of the gentlemen, representing the “At large public” representative on the DAC, and is from Barstow, a stopping off area for rockhounds and he’s well aware of the economics of the situation received a copy of the Rockhound Survey, as did Katrina of the BLM Office, Barstow and Kim Campbell Erb.  The survey measured about an inch and a half thick and was seen by all the DAC members and those present.

            I got on the record a number of specific areas of concern to rockhounds.  First was our Memo of Understanding regarding the Wiley Wells, Hauser Bed areas and the BLM is checking on its status.  But we believe it’s been put into the plan.  Second, I mentioned the following areas:  Lavic Siding, Broadwell Dry Lake and Ludlow areas, all in the vicinity of Hector and Ludlow along Route 40, The Cady Mountains. Gem Hill, Lonely Butte (Brown Butte off Hiway 58).  The area s of North Edwards/Aerial Acres and roadside collecting along Clay Mine Road off Route 58 were included.   Mule Canyon near Calico Ghost Town off I-15., Marble Mountains near Cadiz, off the National Trails Hiway (Old Route 66) and Kramer Junction were included.   I know there are more areas I should have proposed like Afton Canyon and others but this is a start. Were there Rockhounds there at the meeting supporting me at this critical time?  NO THERE WEREN’T.  Dee Holland, Jay Erb (Kim Campbell Erb currently sits on the DAC), and I carried the burden alone.

            Watch for developments in other states that are coming.  A push by Congress this month, December 2014 is going to see bills attached to many of the important funding items on the agenda.  We have already seen the closing of a number of areas in Montana and Colorado.  Please watch closely and let us know at info@amlands.org  anything you read or see about public lands in your state.  And please rejoin ALAA.  Dues are due now.    Have a safe and Happy New Year.                                       

 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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