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)
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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.....
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
The five entrance fee-free days for 2019 will be:
Monday, January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Saturday, April 20 – First Day of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day Sunday, August 25 – National Park Service Anniversary Saturday, September 28 – National Public Lands Day Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day
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 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.
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.
Lenora 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 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
"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".
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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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