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Fieldtrip Journal for Public Lands

Your Recreational Rockhounding records are needed now more than ever in order to preserve Recreational Rockhounding now and for future generations.  We are slowly becoming an "Endangered Species".

For more information and additional forms on Field Trips go to the Fieldtrips Info page

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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

Urgent News:  Final Rule released for collecting Fossils in National Forrests Effective date is May 18, 2015

NEW: Latest Information on Importing, Possession, Sale of African Elephant Ivory.  See Public Service/Info page.  August 1, 2015

                              Contact ALAA        

Support Club/Society Shows that Support ALAA




Our General Public Meeting was not scheduled due to the restrictions of COVID-19 and to protect the health of Recreational Rockhounds and in the best interest of the public.


The American Lands Access Association, Inc. held their annual Directors Meeting in Quartzsite and for the first time through Zoom for those officers and Directors whom could not attend the meeting. The Directors were elected via an email election of all paid members for 2021.  During the meeting the 2021 Officers were elected to the Board of Directors for 2021.  Fund raising to support ALAA was discussed and there will be a Live Rockhound Auction during the AFMS/RMFMS Show in Wyoming  in June 2021.


Once again Rockhounds gathered in Quartzsite, Arizona on January 25, 2020 to remove litter and trash from our public lands. Our eight annual Quartzsite ALAA- Rockhound Clean-Up at Gold Nugget Road just east of Quartzsite was cancelled in due to the heavy rain in Quartzsite.  It is being rescheduled for February for those still or visiting Quartzsite at that time.  More details to follow. 
 

IVORY and ROCKHOUNDS (See H.R.226 1-12-2017)

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Wildfire Safety Tips


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".
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  • 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

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"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."




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