(Without filling out application permit forms, then waiting for weeks, or up to years for some Grand Canyon activities.)
This page of the website is an excellent example of ONE National Forest Area; Regulations will vary from park to park. This one is located in Idaho but generally represents what the local rockhounder may encounter. Gray areas of what you can and cannot do;........... yes, but no.....well, maybe......let me get back to you after you fill out these forms. Collecting rocks and minerals on public land? Most of these NFS district rules vary and you must prepare yourself for a Park Ranger that may decide to make the rules up as he/she goes along. These rules will be determined what his/her political agenda is concerning Public Land. What a shame!
To learn more about this very popular past time or as some would say, obsession, you are invited to join a rockhounding "yahoo group/blog" on the internet. As a rockhounder myself, I love this page because of all the great places mentioned, what you may find, if you need a 4-wheeler or quad to get there and the blog has many links to more rockhounders websites. Enjoy! CU (See you) in AZ Rockhounders Pages
Metal detecting on public land? Watch out for the different regulations.
Boating or river rafting on public land without all the red tape? Apply for a permit; Lottery applications accepted. WHAT???
Running a 2" or 3" dredge in a river on public land? Code of Federal Regulations (CFR): Main Page Better do your research here first. For those unfamiliar with this hobby; it is like vacuuming up sand and gravels under water with a very small unit to capture gold or other heavy objects like gem and minerals. Garnets are the most often found gems.
Cross country hiking on public land? Who knows? I haven't been able to find the CFR's on it.
Exploring old ghost towns of early pioneers on public land. There are many books on the subject.
Hunting (with your digital camera) on wilderness land? Just getting on Wilderness land may be highly restricted to only small areas (where everybody else goes).
Relic hunting. I don't believe this is legal at all. After all, when only the archaeologist, and elite college professors are allowed to do this, our relics end up in warehouses with millions of other relics that may never be seen again.
GOLD PROSPECTING ON PUBLIC OR PRIVATE LAND is regulated under the 1872 Mining Law and fiercely protected by "for-profit miners) but also quoted by recreational prospectors as well. The Environmental zealots like to use the history of early miners as evidence that we are still destroying the land. Check out the NEW world of gold prospecting. To learn where I learned from, get involved in a group like the Gold Prospectors Association of America they have shows on the "Outdoor Channel", or visit the Outdoor Channel's other associated group The LDMA (Lost Dutchmans Mining Assoc.)Both are located at: P.O. Box 891509, Temecula, CA 92589 ... (800) 551-9707.
The following is a story by a man who has been fighting for his Public Land Rights for years! The Sign On The Church House Door
IF YOU ARE 40 OR OLDER, I CAN SEE YOU ARE NOT GRINNING FROM HERE!
FIGHT TO KEEP YOUR RIGHTS ........ OR LOSE THEM.
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