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To encourage people to join in and visit their public lands, NPLD is a fee-free day for all federal public lands and many state parks. Whether you volunteer on NPLD, enjoy some boating, hiking, fishing, or camping, or simply learn more about your public lands and the plants and wildlife that live there, we invite you to take this day to enjoy the great outdoors and celebrate the lands that give us so much.  September 30 and November 11-12: Fee-Free Days on BLM-managed Public Lands (National Parks and USFS September 30, 2017)

Please Note: BLM Links may not currently work.  The BLM is re-building their websites and there are some minor problems to be worked out.  When the websites are working the ALAA Links will also be updated to the new website information.

17 National Public Parks would charge a premium entry fee during their peak season, more than doubling the current cost of a single-visit entry to $70!

  • You Have A Voice - Are you willing to use it?  See how to use your voice here! (Western Slope No Fee Coalition)
  • The parks involved, along with their peak season when the increase would be in effect are:
  • May 1-September 30 for Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Denali National Park, Glacier National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Olympic National Park, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park 
  • June 1-October 31 for Acadia National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Shenandoah National Park 
  • January 1-May 31 for Joshua Tree National Park

We wanted to give you a reminder about the 2018 fee free days offered for recreation sites under the management of the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service. While many parks, facilities and services associated with these agencies are free, some require a fee. Recreation fees, authorized by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, enable federal land management agencies to reinvest in the management of various recreation sites.

  • January 15  - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    National Park Service/U.S. Forest Service
  • February 19 - Presidents Day
    U.S. Forest Service
  • April 21 - First Day of National Park Week
    National Park Service
  • June 9 - National Get Outdoors Day
    U.S. Forest Service
  • September 22 - National Public Lands Day
    National Park Service/U.S. Forest Service
  • November 11 - Veterans Day
    National Park Service
    U.S. Forest Service (11th and 12th)

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

Every February, mobs of rockhounders, gem dealers, paleontologists, Native Americans, geologists and the just plain curious converge on Tucson, Arizona for the annual Gem & Mineral Show. More...

Desert Gardens - Gem & Mineral
January 01 - February 28, 2018

Prospectors Panorama
January 01 - January 14, 2017 

Annual Hi Jolly Daze Parade - Town Park

QIA Pow Wow - Gems, minerals & jewelry
January 17 - January 21, 2018

Ye Old Timers Auction - Quartzsite Senior Center - Moon Mountain Road  Thursday, January 18, 2018  Doors open at 6:00 PM ~ Auction Starts 7:00 PM MST

Sixth Annual ALAA Quartzsite Clean-up                                       

  • Sunday, January 21, 2018 Approx. 0930-1200 MST Location: Gold Nugget Road.

Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show
January 05 - January 14, 2018

Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama
January 19 - January 28, 2018

Sports, Vacation & RV Show (The Big Tent)
January 20 - January 28, 2018

Tyson Wells Arts and Crafts
February 02 - February 11, 2018

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

February 9 - 11, 2018 tbc

Quartzsite Quilt Show - Quartzsite SR Center
February 2 - 3, 2018 tbc

Quartzsite Gold Show
February 9-11, 2018 tbc QIA building. Friday - Saturday 9-4 Sunday.

The Annual Quartzsite Meeting was again held at the Quartzsite community Center amid the hardest rainstorm so far this year. Even with the pouring rain the meeting was well attended by several dozen Rockhounds from the local area as well as from several states. Lisbet Thoresen gave a very informative and interesting program on the proposed new rule further implementing the Paleontological Resource Preservation Act of 2009 (PRPA) and the affecta on Rockhounding in the Mojave Trails National Monument. The program included a presentation titled "Preservaing Hobby Collecting on Federal Lands". The program was well received by thoes in attendance. Thank you Lisbet for your hard work.

Shirley Leeson, ALAA Past President and current ALAA Ambassador, Lisbet Thoresen featured speaker at this year's Quartzsite meeting and Doug True, ALAA President get ready for the ALAA Meeting and  presentation.

The Fifth Annual Quartzsite ALAA-BLM Cleanup was Sunday, January 22, 2017 it  began at 08:00 am MST and last for about 2 hours.   The location was east of Quartzsite, AZ., at the Gold Nugget Road Off-ramp from I-10 on the south  side of the road.  We are glad you took the time to help! 

With the lone Saguaro standing watch over Gold Nugget Road, 5 miles east of Quartzsite, Arizona, nine dedicated Rockhounds braved the cold temperature of 49° F  and windy Sunday morning for the Fifth Annual ALAA/BLM Litter Clean-Up.

The event was not a washout for the predicted rain storm did not appear, although there was some smatterings of the liquid sunshine, but not enough to deter the resolve of the dedicated Rockhounds. All though there was not a large gathering, there was a showing of concerned ALAA Member representation from Oregon, Idaho, Montana and California.

Bill Alexander, the BLM Ranger from the Yuma Field Office and Doug True, the President of the American Lands Access Association display the ALAA Trash Bags used for the collecting of litter and trash at Gold Nugget Road in Quartzsite, Arizona.  The bags are used whenever ALAA and BLM have a Litter Clean up activity.

They pick up litter, trash, glass and cans from our public lands. In the two hours, which seemed like a lot more, they were able to collect enough litter and trash to fill the bed of the BLM truck. Once again ALAA wants to thank the Yuma BLM Field Office, BLM Ranger Bill Alexander and all of the ALAA Members who made this year’s Trash & Litter Removal a success.

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)


"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

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."

BLM ADVISORY COUNCILS - No Scheded meetings have been brought to our attention at this time.  Future meetings will be posted when available.                            Thank you for attending and keeping informed.

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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