The annual ALAA Business Meeting was held in Austin, TX in October 2015. The election of officers for 2016 was accomplished as per the by-laws. Elected were: Doug True-President, Lauren Williams - Vice President, Treasurer - Frank Mullaney; Secretary - Susy Martin; Assistant Treasurer/Membership - Ruth Hidalgo. Directors Elected were Marion Roberts, California, Tom Noe, Midwest, Amy Granat, California
for a three year term. Shirley Lesson – replaces
Kim Campbell Erb to complete a two year term, Hidemi Kira – replaces Doug
True for the remainder of a one year term. The next Annual Business Meeting will be in Albany, OR in July 2016.
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) 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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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