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Urgent News Release:  Public hearings for California Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan.  A must to attend by Rockhounds to try to save access to California desert collecting sites. More on the DRECP

The annual ALAA Business Meeting was held in Tulsa, Oklahoma on July 12, 2014.  The election of officers for 2015 was accomplished as per the by-laws.  Elected were: Shirley Leeson-President, Lauren Williams - Vice President, Treasurer - Frank Mullaney; Secretary - Susy Martin; Assistant Treasurer/Membership - Cheri George. Directors Elected were Dr. Bob Carlson, Doug True and John Wright for a three term. The next Annual Business Meeting will be in Austin, Texas in October 2015.

Support Club/Society Shows that Support ALAA

January 02 - January 14 2015 Prospectors Panorama
January 01 - February 28, 2015 Desert Gardens -Gem & Minerals
January 02 - January 11, 2015 Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show
January 05 - January 25, 2015 Main Event  
January 16 - January 25, 2015 Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama
January 22, 2015  Ye Old Timers Auction, Senior Center, Moon Mtn. Rd.  7pm

January 23, 2015 ALAA Meeting Quartzsite Alliance Church, 720 W. Desert Vista 7:00 PM MST
January 25, 2015 ALAA-BLM Clean up will begin at 8:00 am MST Tom Wells Road Off-ramp 

January 21 - January 25, 2015 QIA Pow Wow Gem, mineral & jewelry (The Original Show in Quartzsite)
January 30 - February 8, 2015 Tyson Wells Arts and Crafts
February 13 - February 15, 2015 Quartzsite Gold Show 

The  ALAA Meeting was well attended with standing room only on Friday, January 24th at the  Quartzsite Alliance Church, 720 W. Desert Vista. It was unfortunate that both of our distinguished speakers, one from the BLM and one from the local Congressman's office, had to cancel at the last minute.  Let us not be discouraged and we will plan to have them back next year.  The second Annual ALAA-BLM Clean Up Day was Sunday, January 26, 2014 and again it was a big success.  Plans are underway for 2015.

Harry Baker of CORVA Speake at the Annual ALAA Meeting in Quartzsite, AZ.Harry Baker, President of the  California Off Road Vehicle Association (CORVA) gave an overview of the accomplishments of CORVA in helping to keep our public lands open and accessible to all user groups.  He stated that in some cases litigation was the only recourse and CORVA has had some victories in the fight for continued access while other actions are still pending in the courts.

Jack Caufield talks about the importance of subnitting comments and some of his comments to the La Posa Travel Management Plan ProposalJack Caufield spoke on his formal comments on the La Posa Travel and Management Plan that has a large affect on the roads and trails on the BLM Land around Quartzsite, Arizona. In his presentation he stated how important it is for the public to make formal comments to the travel management plans when the opportunity arises.  The La Posa Area management plan proposal is available on this website on the Arizona page under Active Access Issues.  Read More on the Proposal.

The Third Annual Quartzsite ALAA-BLM Cleanup is scheduled for Sunday, January 25, 2015 it will begin at 8:00 am MST and last for about 2 hours.   The location is west of Quartzsite, AZ., at the Tom Wells Road Off-ramp from I-10 on the south side of the road.  See Ya' There! 

The second Annual ALAA Sponsored BLM Trash clean up was held this year in Quartzsite, Arizona.  Rockhounds from around the area came to help clean up trash along the Gold Nugget Road just east of Quartzsite.   The clean up activity is going to be a yearly  activity by ALAA Members and Rockhounds visiting the Quartzsite area during the month of January.


Sunrise over Gold Nugget Road  Area was quit vivid the morning of the 2nd annual ALAA Public Land clean-up.  More than 50 Rockhounds, OHV users and BLM personnel spent over 3 hours in the early morning cool and collected 2 pick up loads and a trailer of trash and garbage from along Gold Nugget Road about 10 miles east of Quartzsite, Arizona on Interstate 10.   The effort was again a great success and plans are already under way for the 2015 area clean-up.   

Two pick-up loads and a trailer of trash totaling 2 tons were collected by ALAA Members and Rockhounds visiting Quartzsite.  The trash Pile was removed  from the BLM managed Public Land by Rangers from the Yuma BLM Field Office. Our efforts to keep our Poblic Lands Open and Clean seems to be working.  There was less trash in the Gold Nugget Road Area this year than was found last year.  Keeping our public lands clean of trash and litter helps to keep our public lands open to all recreational activities.  ALAA and the Rockhounds would like to thank the BLM Yuma Field Office for their support in this year's Clean-up effort.

"Congress has never given us the tools to fight"

I testified at the U.S. House Legislative field hearings in Billings about a year ago. Doc Hastings was the chair. (House Natural Resource Committee). About the last question that was asked of the panel I sat on was from Rep. Hastings. He asked 'it seems you and your organizations are always on the defensive, who don't you go on the offense?'

I raised my hand and he called on me. "Rep Hastings, the problem is you have never given us the tools. "You gave the environmental groups the CLEAN AIR ACT, THE CLEAN WATER ACT, THE EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT, THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT, THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT, THE FOREST AND LAND MANAGEMENT ACT, THE WILDERNESS ACT, but you have failed in giving us any tools to fight these wrongs."  He (Doc Hastings) didn't have an answer..                                                                                   Kerry White, Citizens for Balanced Use, Gallatin Gateway, Montana

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New Page - Rock Pictures - Closed Collecting Sites

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  • "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".
  • Rear More................
  • BLM Instruction Memorandum No. 2012-182
  • FAQ - Meteorite Collecting on Public Land

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 info@amlands 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.

                                                A SAD STORY
                            DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOUR TOWN
                                               Shirley Leeson

         Recently some folks in Dorris, CA contacted ALAA and CORVA for help.

The Klamath Forest in their area was implementing closures.  The local people wanted to make changes. Amy Granat of CORVA really tried to help but found it was TOO LATE.  No one had done the early homework of attending Forest Service meeting and sending in their ‘comments.’  Is there any help? Not unless the county wasn’t included in the earlier meetings as an equal partner of the forest service.        BEWARE, if you don’t get involved, YOU will find yourself in the same pickle as the people in Dorris, California.  When the Forest Service and/or BLM make noises about meetings and ask for comments, unless you actually do something….you won’t be able to come in at the last minute and change the end results.

ALAA – A NEW YEAR – 2013  by Shirley  Leeson

 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

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