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Learn what it takes to stake a claim.

Chris D’Angelo, a reporter for the Huffington Post, wondered what it took to stake a mineral claim on federal land. So he set out to find all the necessary steps.


SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah — Forty miles as the crow flies west of Blanding, Utah, just up the road from the former uranium boomtown of Fry Canyon and a dirt airstrip, is a parcel of federal land historically valued for its radioactive metal and other hardrock minerals.

The tracks of mule deer and cattle criss-cross a maze of red rock, cacti and parched-looking shrubs. The only signs of human life are the contrails from airlines overhead and the sound of an occasional car buzzing along State Route 95.

Here is where I decided to stake my claim, the first step a prospector takes to mine public lands.

To read the full article: CLICK HERE


They’re at it again! WIN A 1/2LB. OF GOLD!!

The Waldo Mining District (WMD) and the Eastern Oregon Mining Association (EOMA) are giving away another . . . ONE HALF POUND OF GOLD! (6 oz. Troy)

Back in 2011-2012, EOMA/WMD held a series of Drawings with a Final Grand Prize of 1/2 Pound of Gold to help raise funds for the EOMA Legal Fund in connection with our on-going suits against the Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) “700PM Instream Mining Permit” issued July, 2010. As successful as those Drawings were, we unfortunately need more funding to see this litigation through to the end. In order to raise the necessary funds, we are holding another series of Drawings . . . and just like before:

One lucky person will be the winner of another Half Pound of Gold!

Win some Gold and Silver!

The New 49’ers Prospecting Club is trying to raise money for legal funds to fight for prospectors rights. If you would like to help out, please purchase tickets on their website. Hurry, though! The drawing is on Friday!


You could win one of these!







Good Luck!

Win Gold from Dave McCracken!

Help Dave McCracken fight for our mining rights. He’s giving away 3 OUNCES of his own gold to to replenish their legal defense fund to keep up with the cost of defending small-scale miners on multiple fronts. Dave McCracken is the founder of The New 49’ers prospecting club; which has been in exsistence since 1985. Both the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management have acknowledged this organization as being legitimate under the 1872 mining law; because so many of the members actually go out and develop high-grade gold deposits.

To help Dave and The New 49’ers with their legal defense fund, go to their website and donate to get entries. CLICK HERE

California Gives the Green Light on Underwater Suction Mining!

So it looks like Dave McCracken from the New 49ers in Northern California has devised a way to get to those underwater pay streaks we all dream about; but have been unable to pursue due to the current regulations of the California Department of Fish & Game. He has devised a way to “transfer” NOT “dredge” the underwater gravel from the bottom to a holding location to be processed later. Since he is not running the gravel through a sluice box, it doesn’t count as “suction dredging”.

From the New 49ers Website:

I am very happy to announce that on April 19th, the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) denied a recent Petition from the Center for Biological Diversity which attempted to expand the regulatory definition of “suction dredge” to include our new method of underwater suction mining. Had the Petition been approved, our new method would have been prevented by California’s existing state-wide moratorium on suction dredge mining.

Amongst other reasons for denying the Petition, DFW pointed out that the Karuks and their allies had plenty of opportunity to expand the regulatory definition when they participated in the multi-million dollar administrative process that was formally completed about a year ago.

See the full story on the New 49er Website:  CLICK HERE

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