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Please Note: BLM Links may not currently work. The BLM is re-building their websites and there are some minor problems to be worked out. When the websites are working the ALAA Links will also be updated to the new website information.

Perdue Statement on House Passage of Resilient Federal Forests Act 1-11-2017

Notice of Intent To Amend Land Use Plans Regarding Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation and Prepare Associated Environmental Impact Statements or Environmental Assessments  Posted 10-11-2017

Secretary Zinke has requested public comments on any and all DOI regulations.  This is a fantastic opportunity for the public to speak up about any regulation in any DOI division. Just follow the link,  click on the comment now button next to the department that oversees the regulation you are commenting on and and make your comments. Link to Department of the Interior (DOI)

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Access to Public Lands: The Effects of Forest Service Road Closures - June 26, 2018 -- Watch the House Committee Testimony


Interior Releases 2018’s Final List of 35 Minerals Deemed Critical to U.S. National Security and the Economy

The Department of the Interior published a list of 35 mineral commodities considered critical to the economic and national security of the United States. This list will be the initial focus of a multi-agency strategy due in August this year to implement President Donald J. Trump's Executive Order to break America's dependence on foreign minerals. Read the News Release......  (USGS news release)


H.R. 622: Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act

This Bill could have an impact on Recreational Rockhounding on Public Lands.....

Summary: 

  • Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act

    This bill declares that, by September 30, 2017, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) shall terminate the Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations unit and cease using Forest Service employees to perform law enforcement functions on federal lands.

    Also by such date, the Department of the Interior shall terminate the Bureau of Land Management Office of Law Enforcement and cease using Interior employees to perform law enforcement functions on federal lands.

    Interior shall make a grant to each state to permit the state to maintain law and order on federal land, protect individuals and property on federal lands, and enforce federal law.

    Any state or local government receiving the grant or subgrant shall enter into an agreement with Interior or USDA, as appropriate, to address the maintenance of law and order and the protection of individuals and property on federal land.

    In any such agreement, Interior or USDA must waive all civil claims against the state or local government and indemnify that government and save it harmless from all claims by third parties for property damage or personal injury that may arise out of law enforcement functions performed under the agreement.

    A state or local law enforcement officer performing law enforcement functions pursuant to such an agreement shall not generally be deemed a federal employee with respect to hours of work, compensation rates, leave, unemployment compensation, and federal benefits, among other things.


Travel and Transportation Handbook (PDF) Posted May 5, 2018

BLM Maps (Posted April 1, 2018)

BLM Pending Publication Federal Register Documents on Public Inspection Posted December 2017

BLM Website  -  New Website  Posted 4-14-2017    (Check States for local Websites)

BLM National Contacts  -  New Website  Posted 4-14-2017

BLM Eastern States  -  New Website  Posted 4-14-2017

BLM Eastern States Contacts  New Website  Posted 4-14-2017

Contact the Department of the Interior (DOI)  Added 4-14-2017

A Citizen's Guide to the NEPA- Having Your Voice Heard (PDF) Posted 4-24-2016

Public Lands Legislation in Tennessee and Mississippi, California, Commonwealth of Virginia, Arizona, Nevada, New York, Rhode Island, Oregon, and Utah.  It is not just the West anymore.  Posted March 14, 2016

S. 56: RED Tape Act of 2017


This Land Is No Longer Your Land

Presidential Executive Order on a Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals

About Mining and Minerals - BLM

The Mining Law allows for the enactment of state laws governing location and recording to mining claims and sites that are consistent with Federal law. The Federal regulations implementing the Mining Law, including fee schedules, are found at Title 43 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) in Groups 3700 and 3800.

MINING CLAIMS

Unauthorized Use

Fossil Issues and Public Lands Posted 1-14-2017


BLM Activities for the Southeastern United States

US Forest Service information New Page - March 2015

NEW 2017: USFS Mining Regulations - A Guide for Recreational Rockhounds

A House On Fire - Jim Petersen from Range Magazine 2018


For those of you who live east of the Rockies and don't think you have concerns about using Forests to either collect in or go through to get to your collecting sites....think again.  These forests are writing or have already written Travel Plans for each of them and the closure of roads throughout is stunning.  And this only covers U.S. Forests, we are NOT talking about state forests which is a whole different problem.  And don't forget all the states that have seashores....this is becoming another problem on what you can pick up on the beaches of each state. 

Stay informed and let us know if there are problems....we can't police all areas, you as ALAA members need to get involved.

Shirley Leeson, President ALAA

The following PDF files contain the Forests by State which are creating or revising their Forest Travel Management Plans (TMP).    Click on the Forest to read the TMP


Learn About Public Land Access Issues   Just click on the State of Inertrest (From ARRA)



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Effectuating Congressional Nullification of the Resource Management Planning Rule Under the Congressional Review Act.   Federal Register   (BLM 2.0 is officially gone)

H.J.Res. 44: Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior relating to Bureau of Land Management  (BLM 2.0)

Statement on President Trump Signing Repeal of BLM Planning 2.0 Rule

Resolution Summary:

  • H.J.Res. 44, which passed the House and Senate on March 7, 2017, would disapprove and nullify the rule issued by the Department of the Interior on December 12, 2016, to establish the procedures used to prepare, revise, or amend land use plans pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA).

    The final rule, known as Planning 2.0, completely overhauls existing resource management regulations and, according to the bill's sponsor, abandons Congressional intent derived from FLPMA. The rule would have allowed any member of the public to have the same level of input as states and localities at the beginning of the planning process, regardless of the accuracy of their science or feasibility of their proposals. Planning 2.0 would also have directed the BLM to do landscape-scale planning, potentially stretching the areas considered in plans across BLM Districts and state lines. That would have undermined local voices and moved important decision-making authorities away from local BLM officials.

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S.33 - Improved National Monument Designation Process Act - A bill to provide for congressional approval of national monuments and restrictions on the use of national monuments, to establish requirements for the declaration of marine national monuments, and for other purposes.

S. 132: National Monument Designation Transparency and Accountability Act of 2017

S. 1573: American Discovery Trail Act of 2017

H.R. 1489: - MAST Act - To amend title 54, United States Code, to provide for congressional approval of national monuments and restrictions on the use of national monuments, to establish requirements for declaration of marine national monuments, and for other purposes.

H.R. 289: To authorize the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to issue permits for recreation services on lands managed by Federal agencies, and for other purposes.

H.R. 801: Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act

H.R. 622: Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act

H.R. 3270: Historic Routes Preservation Act

H.R. 3990: National Monument Creation and Protection Act

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Forest Service Trails    A report from the GAO   Posted July 1, 2013

Don't let this happen to the access to your favorite collecting site - Get involved with Public Land Usage!Don't let Land Managers close the access to your favorite collecting sites without hearing from you, the users of  Public Lands.  Get involved, join ALAA  and make the voice of the Rockhound stronger and louder. Take responsibility for use of  your land.

National Monuments


 Our Friends at Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA) have put together another quiz. While their first quiz was intended to be a quick fun diversion that could be shared with friends, the quiz below is designed to allow you to test your knowledge of the National Monument designation process.

Take ARRA Quiz to Test Your Knowledge!

Rockhound Soap Box - National Monuments September 1, 2016 

The Antiquities Act of 1906 grants the President unilateral authority to designate areas of public lands as National Monuments. While it seems clear that the original intent of the law was to provide Presidents with the ability to designate specific landmarks or objects, plus as small a portion of surrounding land as practicable, several Presidents have used the authority to designate large areas. It is almost certain that OHV use will be restricted in any area designated as a National Monument as anti-access proponents view monument designations as a way to functionally manage an area as wilderness without going through the formal wilderness designation process. Last session a leaked Department of Interior memo outlined the Obama Administration’s consideration of designating up to 13 million acres of public lands in 11 western states as National Monuments. As a result numerous bills have been introduced to restrict National Monument designations. Wyoming was previously exempted from the Antiquities Act by statute.

NATIONAL MONUMENTS THEN and NOW

CRS Report for Congress Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress National Monuments and the Antiquities Act    (PDF)   Posted July 13, 2015

Almost Everything You Wanted to Know About National Monuments and Menorials, but didn't know where to go or who to ask!

New California National Monuments 

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Wilderness Aeas in California          Posted May 27, 2016

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H.R. 424: Gray Wolf State Management Act of 2017

H.R. 717: Listing Reform Act

H.R. 1274: State, Tribal, and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act

H.R. 3131: Endangered Species Litigation Reasonableness Act

H.R. 2603: SAVES Act

S. 1514: HELP for Wildlife Act


More Legislative Actions Information

Take Action

Take Action - Make your voice be heard.



58% of all Federal Public Lands Are Already Under Restrictive Designations. Here are the Shocking Numbers     By J. Spivack, February 28, 2013



On-Line copy of the U.S. Code.  Posted May 28, 2016

TITLE 16 > CHAPTER 23 >§ 1131. National Wilderness Preservation System


 New Link 2013:  The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (PDF),

Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to open and view the following Links. Free download the latest version click on the icon at the left.


Did You Know?

The average U.S. household spent $2,912 on gasoline in 2012, or 4 percent of its before-tax income, according to the federal Energy Information Administration. 

NEPA Primer by Joanne Spivack - January 2013

HR 4089 has passed the House and is now waiting for a vote in the Senate

An Observation...  There is no mention of Rockhounding as a Recreational Activity in either of the two above Bills.  If Rockhounds do not speak up and get involved in the Legislation and Land Management Processes, they to will certainly go the way of the dinosauer, the California Grissley Bear and Open Public Lands.


State-by-State Info   Access Issues, Public Meetings, Contact Information. all this and details about the National Forests in your state on ARRA's comprehensive state pages.



An agreement proposed by attorneys on both sides of a federal lawsuit involving mineral rights on the Allegheny National Forest would throw out a settlement agreement between the U.S. Forest Service and a group of environmentalists, and resolve most of the suit in favor of the oil interests. Read More: Mineral Rights also affect Rockhounds.


The Library of Congress

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 NEW LINK:  Public Lands Interpretive Association

NEW LINK:  Parks, Recreation Areas, Trails Bills

NEW LINK:  Bills Before The House Committee on Natural Resources


BIG Park Video - See it to believe it.  Windows Media Player must be installed.  For a free Download from Microsoft Just click on Windows Media Player above.






Background Information

LACK OF SUITABILITY AS WILDERNESS
The agencies (BLM & USFS) have identified many reasons why these lands are unsuitable for Wilderness including but not limited to:

  • Lack of Wilderness Qualities
  • Military Over flights
  • Existing Mining Claims within the area
  • Adjacent to existing communities
  • Difficulty in signing and patrolling
  • Difficulty in fencing
  • Existing historical motorized use


"Hardrock mining reform a tough sell despite activist outcry" (Greenwire at The New York Times, 3/16/11)
"Efforts ... to overhaul federal oversight of the hardrock mining industry may fall short despite bipartisan agreement that some reforms are overdue. The president's budget blueprint would enact a new fee on hardrock mineral production to help pay for reclamation of abandoned hardrock mines" and set royalties for companies mining materials such as gold, copper, lead and uranium." The 1872 General Mining Act "allows hardrock mining companies to take minerals without paying royalties to the government."
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The federal law governing locatable minerals is the General Mining Act of 1872 and was approved on May 10, 1872. This law declared all valuable mineral deposits in land belonging to the United States to be free and open to exploration and purchase. This law provides citizens of the United States the opportunity to explore for, discover, and purchase certain valuable mineral deposits on federal lands that are open for mining location and patent (open to mineral entry).   (My Public Lands Tumblr)

For more on  pending legislation see the individual states listings under Active Legislation


For more information on the Wilderness Act:  See United States Code Above   Title 16 Chapter 23 pages 1131 -11136




Presidential Actions - Proclamations and Executive Orders

How to contact the President of the United States of America....

US and World Population Clock