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Recreational Rockhounding on Public Lands - What is legal? Here is the Definition 

NEW: The Greater Sage-grouse NOT Listed as endangered Read the announcement - September 21, 2015

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

NEWAnalysis of DRECP on Rockhounding in California Deserts

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

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Support Club/Society Shows that Support ALAA

Quartzsite Market Place Street Fair
Oct. 31, 2016 - March 1, 2017

Tyson Wells Market Center Swap Meet
Oct 01, 2016 -March 31, 2017

Rice Ranch “Yawl Come” Show
November 1, 2016 - April 1, 2017

Grease Wood Swap Meet
November 2016 - April, 2017

Desert Gardens - Gem & Mineral
January 01 - February 28, 2017

Prospectors Panorama
January 02 - January 15, 2017

Annual Hi Jolly Daze Parade - Town Park
New Christy Minstrels - QIA 2 pm & 7 pm
January 14, 2017

QIA Pow Wow - Gems, minerals & jewelry
January 18 - January 22, 2017  

Quartzsite ALAA Meeting January 20, 2017  7:00 PM MST                           New Quartzsite Community Center   295 Chandler Street

Quartzsite ALAA-BLM Annual Clean-Up
January 22, 2017 - Gold Nugget Road 08:00 AM MST

Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show
January 06 - January 15, 2017

Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama
January 20 - January 29, 2017

Sports, Vacation & RV Show (The Big Tent)
January 21 - January 29, 2017

Tyson Wells Arts and Crafts
February 03 - February 12, 2017

Gold, Treasure & Craft Show - QIA 9 am - 5 pm

February 10 - 12, 2017

Quartzsite Quilt Show - Quartzsite SR Center
February 3 - 4, 2017

Quartzsite Gold Show

February 10-12, 2017 QIA building. Friday - Saturday 9-4 Sunday.

Mike Hunerlach, USFS Geologist (Ret) answers questions of Rockhounds after presentation.The  ALAA Meeting was well attended with Rockhounds, OHV  Enthusiasts  and local Miners on Friday, January 22th at the  Quartzsite Community Center. It was an informative meeting with speaker Mike Hunerlach, Geologist, recently retired from the USFS.  His talk explained some of the laws, rules and regulations of Rockhounding with in the US National Forest System.  Also explained was parts of the Mining Law of 1872, how it is interpreted today and how that affects collecting on USFS managed Public Lands. His talk also included how copies of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 36 - Parks, Forests and Public Property and Title 43 Public Lands: Interior Department are handy to have if while collecting on Public Lands and you encounter a BLM or USFS Officer.

Doug True President of the American Lands Access Association for 2016 and Mike Hunerlach, USFS Geologist (Ret).Doug True President of the American Lands Access Association for 2016 and Mike Hunerlach, USFS Geologist (Ret) before the ALAA Meeting on January 22, 2016.  Mike gave an informative presentation on Rockhounding on Public Lands managed by the USFS and insight on the laws, rules and regulations that affect collecting Rocks, minerals and fossils.

The Forth Annual Quartzsite ALAA-BLM Cleanup was Sunday, January 24, 2016 it  began at 10:00 am MST and last for about 2 hours.   The location is west of Quartzsite, AZ., at the Dome Rock Road Off-ramp from I-10 on the south  side of the road.  We are glad you took the time to help! 

Rockhounds from Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North and South California and Arizona met the challange and remover over a ton of trash from your Public Lands.The forth 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 Dome Rock Road about 10 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.  Over one  ton of trash was collected and removed from your Public Land.

ARE YOU WILLING TO DO A BLM/FORESTRY CLEAN-UP by Shirley Leeson ALAA Ambassador and  Past President

BLM from the Yuma Office and Rockhounds collected and hauled away over a ton of trash.Around 20 Rockhounds,  and BLM personnel spent over 2 hours in the morning cool and collected a  trailer load and Pickup load of trash and garbage from along the south side of I-10 on Dome Rock Road about  10 miles west of Quartzsite, Arizona.    The effort was again a great success and plans are already under way for the 2017 area clean-up.    The 2017 clean up will be east of Quartzsite at Gold Nugget Road.

This was 2015 at Tom Wells RaodBecause 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.

Rockhounds from Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California and Arizona who returned to the site of the first ALAA-BLM Public Lands Clean-up of Quartzsite.On January 22, 2016 Rockhounds returned to Gold Nugget Road to visit the sign the BLM dedicated to the work ALAA and Rockhounds have accomplished in helping to keep your public lands clear of trash and garbage. There were Rockhounds from Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California and Arizona who returned to the site of the first ALAA-BLM Public Lands Clean-up of Quartzsite.

Rockhounds from Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California and Arizona who returned to the site of the first ALAA-BLM Public Lands Clean-up of Quartzsite.Gold Nugget Road was the first site cleaned of nearly 3 tons of roadside trash in 2013 by the American Lands Access Association sponsored Rockhound Clean-up.  The 2017 clean-up will again return to Gold Nugget road for another ALAA-BLM- Rockhound Clean-up event.  The BLM and ALAA would like to thank all of the Rockhounds, OHV Enthusiasts and the good people of Quartzsite who help make this project a success. 




"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

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

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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."

BLM ADVISORY COUNCILS - No Scheded meetings have been brought to our attention at this time.  Future meetings will be posted when available.                            Thank you for attending and keeping informed.

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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

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