We, at ALAA, want to extend our sincere concern for all of
you all over these United
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
So, Rock On!
Shirley Leeson, the officers and directors of
American Lands Access Association.
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.....
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
"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".
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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