A lost gem? New Mojave Trails monument rules appear to bar rock hunting
Louis Sahagun / Los Angeles TImes
President Obama's proclamation of a new national monument he designated in California's Mojave Desert has rockhounds worried they are no longer welcome on public lands with a reputation for prime gem and mineral specimens.
The proclamation ensures public access for utilities, cattle ranching, hiking, camping, backpacking, hunting, fishing, rock climbing, bicycling, bird watching and other outdoor recreational activities in Mojave Trails National Monument, which encompasses 1.6 million acres of federal land along a 105-mile stretch of old Route 66 between Ludlow and Needles.
The one thing visitors apparently can't do in mineral hot spots, including Afton Canyon, the Cady Mountains and Lavic, is take a rock a home.
Here is a message from First Class Miners that is important to all prospectors. Please read the email and add a comment on the nps.gov webpage. I have opened up comments on this post(click Read More).
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Map package and interactive map for our new 160 acre claim "Cholla" (pronounced "choya") has been added to the site.
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Today we lost 1.8 million acres. The solid red area is 3 new National Monuments signed into law by executive order. Bypassing the meesly 7% support in congress, it was made law under the Antiquities Act.
No prospecting at all. Can't even pick up a rock.
Below is with the current Wilderness areas in green. At least you can prospect, but no vehicles, motorized equipment or metal detectors in Wilderness areas.
Judge Ochoa Stays CEQA Ruling in Remarkable Court Proceeding
In San Bernardino Superior Court, Judge Gilbert Ochoa candidly admitted that the mining community is being denied justice in his own courtroom by deferring a decision on the CEQA case. In what amounts to a judicial olé, Judge Ochoa is kicking the can down the road until the California Supreme Court rules on the Brandon Rinehart case.
Comments from Attorney James Buchal:
This morning was the scheduled time for Judge Ochoa to hear and rule upon CEQA and Administrative Procedure Act challenges to the Department’s FSEIR on suction dredging, as well as the time set for a hearing on a motion for summary judgment (and the Department’s counter-motion for judgment on the pleadings) concerning the question whether AB 120 and SB 1018 were unconstitutional for violation of the “one subject” rule in the California Constitution.