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.
The ALAA Meeting was well attended with over 200 Rockhounds, OHV Enthusiasts and local Miners on Friday, January 23th at the Quartzsite Alliance Church, 720 W. Desert Vista. It was an informative meeting with speaker John McDonald from the Yuma BLM Office who talked about the La Posa Travel Management Plan that has been released for public 30 day review and comment.
John McDonald of the Yuma BLM Office talks with meeting attendees prior to the meeting. John brought maps of the area with several different possible alternatives for the proposed TMP. He also brought and distributed CDs with the text of the plan and all of the maps for the route alternatives.
John McDonald of the Yuma BLM Office congratulates ALAA for their successful efforts in helping to keep the Public Lands around Quartzsite free of litter and trash. In the last 3 years of the annual project ALAA and Rockhounds have helped to remove over 5 tons of trash from the Public Lands managed by the Yuma BLM Office. The BLM has provider the clean up sites with signs reminding users to keep their Public Lands clean. The signs will be posted at the two sites where ALAA has been collecting trash. They state "This Site Was Cleared of Trash By The American Lands Access Association. Please Take Care of Your Public Lands"
After John McDonald's presentation, Ed Foster, the Mayor of Quartzsite provided information on some of the local activities being presented to the BLM and legislatures on the use of Public Lands in the state of Arizona. He provided comment sheets to those wanting to make formal comments on the La Posa Travel Management Plan Proposal. He was well received by the attendees. Read More on theTMP Proposal.
The Third Annual Quartzsite ALAA-BLM Cleanup was Sunday, January 25, 2015 it began 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 (Exit 5) from I-10 on the south side of the road. We are glad you took the time to help!
The third 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 south side of Tom Wells Road about 15 miles west of Quartzsite The clean up activity is now a yearly activity by ALAA Members and Rockhounds visiting the Quartzsite area during the month of January. Nearly one and a half tons of trash was collected and removed from your Public Land.
Sunrise over Tom Wells Road Road Area was quit vivid the morning of the 3rd annual ALAA Public Land clean-up. Around 20 Rockhounds, OHV users and BLM personnel spent over 3 hours in the early morning cool and collected a trailer load of trash and garbage from along the south side of I-10 on Tom Wells Road 15 miles west of Quartzsite, Arizona. The effort was again a great success and plans are already under way for the 2016 area clean-up.
Because of the work being accomplished by ALAA and concerned Rockhounds for our Public Lands, the BLM is placing Clean up signs at both the Tom Wells Road and Golden Nugget Road Locations acknowledging the effort of ALAA and Rockhounds as good stewards of Public Lands. These signs will remind travelers and users that these lands are your Public Lands and as such need to be kept clean of waste and trash.
"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
"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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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.
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