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Early 2013

We celebrated reaching 450 members by starting our own

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New Developments in the Mojave Desert Monument Saga

Greetings, rockhounds!

Now that a bit of dust has settled from the Proclamations of the new Mojave Trails and other Mojave Desert Monuments, we're getting down to the hard work of crafting the BLM Management Plans.

Happily, the on-the-ground BLM folks have made clear statements that rockhounding and casual mining are still encouraged in the areas effected by the new Monuments, as long as historical artifacts and fossils are left untouched.

I've been informed that the Mojave Desert Advisory Committee, which is involved in crafting the Management Plans, will be making a site visit to Lavic Siding at 2 pm on May 20th, 2016.

This opens a clear opportunity for rockhounds to make an overwhelmingly positive impression on the Committee, and the BLM, by showing up and showing how we enjoy our pursuits, and protect the desert views for everyone by performing garbage cleanup.

I'll be heading out to the Mojave that week for a little casual mining, and some serious cleanup activities, along with the Tilley Family. If you'd like to come along, share some adventures and cleanup duties, RSVP at:

Rockhound Roundup at Lavic Siding, in the new Mojave Trails Monument - May 20th, 2016

The actual roundup will be the 19th & 20th, but if you'd like to participate in more of our trip, drop me a message here, or at my Facebook page.

See you on a field trip, soon!

Kris Rowe

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Collecting in the New Mohave National Monument

Posted by Dave Allman on May 16, 2016 at 9:30am 2 Comments

This is something that was just posted on Facebook. Awesome news!

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Refugial beach-north of Santa barbara-near fossils sites

Posted by John Dolman on May 12, 2016 at 2:27pm 0 Comments

 The black agate was found- also off HWY-101

Ok gang  , I am looking 4  info., of the south coast rock hounding area.  I found a bit of agate @ a state park north of New Port Beach Oct.2014. Be leave it was trucked in as stream maintenance grav…

Posted by John Dolman on May 11, 2016 at 1:34pm 0 Comments

Ok gang  , I am looking 4  info., of the south coast rock hounding area.  I found a bit of agate @ a state park north of New Port Beach Oct.2014. Be leave it was trucked in as stream maintenance gravel, and don't know of it's origin. Is  black agate and the only bit on the beach. So in search of black agate-any body ?

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New here and got some questions.

Started by Jason Batdorf. Last reply by John Dolman May 22. 5 Replies

So, when you got polished rocks how do you transport them without damaging any of them? I was thinking a tackle box with lots of little compartments? Also I was going to cut some large rocks into…Continue

Running a tumbler for 1 month straight?

Started by Jason Batdorf. Last reply by John Dolman May 22. 6 Replies

I am going on vacation for a month and I am going to run my 15 lb tumbler roughing for a month. Anyone ever do this? Did you add 4 times the grit?

Tahoe Rockhounders

Started by Joseph LaFortune. Last reply by Cat Campbell May 8. 1 Reply

Hey Everyone, I am new to the forum and thought I would send a email out to anyone in the tahoe/reno area that is a rockhounder. I go out every wen and thurs looking for new people to go out with and…Continue

Advice for first rockhounding trip to Hallelujah Junction

Started by Kristie Kwong. Last reply by Cat Campbell May 8. 1 Reply

Hi everyone, My friend and I are planning our first rockhounding trip to Hallelujah Junction/Petersen Mountain and are hoping to get some more information before we make the trip. We have been…Continue

About the disclamer on each Field Trip page ...

On the advice of a sensible attorney friend, I've added a liability disclaimer to each Field Trip announcement. This is to cover my a*s.
The disclaimer does not imply any unusual danger.
Fact is, a sensible individual is far more likely to come to harm in their own neighborhood than out in "the wild." I do my best to assure that my own Field Trips maximize comfort and accessibility, and are "family friendly."
I recommend traveling to any "off road" destination with no less than 2 vehicles. Thankfully, I've yet to experience any of the horror stories I've read of danger and deprivation, due to my penchant for over-planning.

The mountains and desert can be dangerous to the unprepared, but on the average, crossing the street in town is far more deadly.

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