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Indian Wells Gem & Mineral Society - Ridgecrest, Ca.
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:
See you on a field trip, soon!
Rockhound Field Trip Fanatics!
As always, feel free to post your own field trips, Club Shows and Shop Days, and other Events. Additionally, members are encouraged to post their rocks, lapidary equipment, jewelry and other on-topic wares in the Photo stream. If you need help doing so, just message me.
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See you in the field, friends!
Kris, the Admin
One of our stalwart members (I'll call him "John") sent me a good question about my recent "Bee Sting" plume post:
I had understood the limit on amount of rock collected per day was to be 7 pounds, how do you justify taking a greater amount ?
Thanks for the great question. Here's a few pages with current info from several BLM sources:…Continue
During my May trip to the Cady Mountains in the Mojave desert, we made it out to Sandy Wash, and Christmas Tree Hill. Slogging up the hillside through the deep loose sand, I was pleased to see that other diggers had worked "my" vein, exposing ever juicier (and agate-y) 5-color plume!
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
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
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.
Kris, the Site Admin