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On Sunday March 1 and 15th, 2015 a group of 10 avid rockhounds met in Quartzsite to consider the 4 possible options for road closures in the LaPosa TMP.  Without exception we all favored OPTION A, no road closures.  All 10 of us are aging, in our 70’s and 80‘s. We depend on these roads every winter, October through April, exploring new areas, and past found areas, to gather and collect a variety of rocks, which we cut, polish, admire, and use to make jewelry.  Our very access depends on these roads as we are no longer able to walk long distances carrying tools, water, and rocks.  Quartzsite is where we like to gather, because it is a rock oriented town, hosting the Road Runners Rock and Gem Club, with over 900 members, and the QIA Pow Wow, added to the many shows and vendors available throughout town. Many of us own 2nd homes here in Quartzsite and all of us contribute to the local economy during our winter visits. Some of us or our family members are disabled and depend on freedom of access to our public lands which would be denied with  many of the proposed road closures. In addition to rockhounding most, if not all of us, enjoy the natural beauty of the desert and keep count of all the wildlife we see while exploring and prospecting. Wild flowers and many varieties of plant life are now in bloom.


Having stated our real feelings that NO ROADS SHOULD BE CLOSED, our group did spend a lot of time studying the detailed maps showing both the road numbers and proposed closures.  We focused on the C Alternative as we felt the D alternative was just too restrictive.  In an effort to make our comments clear and to the point we have listed the road numbers,  slated for closure, that we want to remain open and have given our reasons why they should remain OPEN.

 
Road #LP102 and unnumbered spurs   Collect fossils, jasper, nodules, petrified wood

Road #LP804    Collect petrified wood, fossils, quartz, etc

Road #LP2798   Collect petrified wood, fossils, quartz, etc

Road #LP2798   Collect petrified wood, fossils, quartz, etc

Road #LP4295   Collect fossils, jasper, nodules, petrified wood, quartz, etc

Road #LP4302   Collect fossils, Jasper, petrified wood, quartz, etc

Road #LP4296   Collect fossils, Jasper, nodules, petrified wood, quartz, etc

Road #LP4300   Collect fossils, Jasper, petrified wood, nodules, etc

Road #LP2632   Route to Tyson Wash

Road #LP4290   Tailing search

Road #LP257      Road to hills in search for jasper, agate, chalcedony, etc

Road #LP2569    Collect Epidot, Jasper

Road #LP2569    This short black spur connects #2569 and #4287 both green roads

Road #LP4280   Collect Petrified wood, agate, jasper, quartz, chalcedony, etc

Road #LP266     Collect Petrified wood, agate, jasper, quartz, etc

Road #LP4291   Collect Petrified wood, agate, jasper, chalcedony, etc

Road #LP750     Collect Petrified wood, fossils, jasper, etc

Road#LP2559    Collect petrified wood, fossils, agate, chalcedony, jasper, etc

Road#LP2473    Collect Chalcedony

Road#LP2464    Connects road numbers LP285 and LP293, collect alunite, etc

Road#LP3239    Connects several collecting areas

Road#LP1968    Collect Alunite, quartz, etc

Road#LP4072    Collect Dumortierite, Quartz, Calcedony etc

Road#LP1863    Continuation of 1863 not numbered should be left open

Road #LP1944   Collect alunite, quartz, etc

Road# LP892     Collect Calcedony, Pastalite, etc.

Road #LP1328   Only access to collect Calcedony, Jasper, Quartz, etc.

Road #LP3136   Collect Rhyolite, Calcedony roses, Jasper, petrified wood, etc.

Road #LP 3187  Collect Rhyolite, Calcedony, Jasper, Petrified wood, etc.

Road #LP1342  Collect Quartz Crystals, Petrified wood, etc.

Road #LP1347  Collect Quartz Crystals, Petrified wood, etc.

Road #LP407    Collect Quartz Crystals, Petrified wood, etc.

Road #LP4048  Spur off of LP407 collect same material as LP407

Road #LP4049  Same as above

Road #LP 4050 Same as above

Road #LP4051  Same as above

Road #LP922     Collect Calcedony, Jasper, Agate, Petrified Wood, etc.

Road #LP920     Collect Calcedony, Jasper, Agate, Petrified Wood, etc.

Road #LP1323   Collect Calcedony, Jasper, Quartz, Agate, Petrified Wood, etc

Road #LP3111   Collect Marble, Onyx, Dumortierite, etc.

Road #LP3119   Collect Quartz Crystals, Jasper, Agate, etc.

Road #LP3297   Collect Rhyolite, Quartz, Jasper Agate, etc

Road #LP900     Same road and material as road #3297

Road #LP901     Same road and material as road #3297

Road #LP2391   Collect Jasper and Agate, etc.

Road #LP1277   Collect Jasper, Quartz, Agate, etc.

Road #LP1966   Collect Jasper, Quartz, Agate, etc.

Road #LP1517   Collect Jasper, Agate, Quartz, Calcedony, etc.

Road #LP2378   Important Access road to Hi Jolly

Road #LP1517   Important Access road

Road North of LP1863 is not numbered but much used to collect Dumortierite and Star burst, all the non numbered roads in this area are closed but should be left open as in proposal B

Road #LP2550    Important access road

Road #LP4374     Collect Star Burst material, etc.

Road #LP2250     Important access road

Road #LP1517     Access to Copper tailings, Scheelite, other copper minerals available at the Copper Bottom and other mines in the area.  This road continues to Tom Wells Road but does not show on the map. This is an important road and should remain open.

Road #LP1572     Collect Petrified wood, Jasper, Rhyolite, etc.                         

Road #LP4117     Collect Jasper, Calcedony, Quartz, Agate, etc.

Road #LP3160     Collect Rhyolite, Calcedony, Jasper, Agate, etc.

Road #LP1102     Collect Calcedony, Jasper, Agate, etc.

Road #LP287       Collect Jasper, Agate, Calcedony, quartz, etc.

Road #LP3084      Important as it is the only access to this large area

Road #LP3085      Important access to this large area

Road #LP2749      Connects to areas to collect copper minerals, etc

Road #LP2726      Blocks two open roads

 
PLEASE NOTE: “Etc”. has been added in many cases because we often make other unexpected finds while exploring an area.

All washes should be left open as they tie important areas together and often make routes shorter and washes tend to repair themselves after heavy rains.

Although having the large maps in our last meeting made things much easier, having no reference points on the maps, for example major roads named, made this more time consuming and nearly impossible to orient ones self.

Trying to make comments using provided maps by computer is most unfair to those making a conscientious effort to comment on the proposed LaPosa TMP.

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