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Monday, 24 September 2012

New BLM Rules - Proposition 120 con`t

New BLM Rules - Proposition 120 con`t

I wrote and was quoted as saying:

"Also, you may find state officials no different, or even
worse, than federal officials with which to deal. Be
careful for what you wish."

In “New BLM Rules - Proposition 120” at,
Mark replied;

“It is easier to deal with locally elected officials who
are at most 2 or 3 hours away from your home. I
have had success having face time with state officials,
but the Feds... hopeless. They are often inaccessible,
unaccountable and won't give you the time of day. “

What I have found, is this is not true of the people, who
live out of state. I have had the same “won't give you the
time of day” experience with state officials also. Often
my experience has often been that if a person is not a
resident and cannot vote in a state, as far as some state
officials are concern, a person can just go jump in a very
deep sinkhole. Dealing with state officials might be fine
if a person lives in the same state as the state official.
Otherwise, it can be just as frustrating as dealing with
federal officials. If a person is nonresident, I have found
that state officials are just as inaccessible as some, but
definitely not all, federal officials can be. The only
exception to this are people at state geological surveys,
who I have found to be without exception universally

As much as there needs to be changes to BLM policies
towards collecting rocks, minerals, fossils, and meteorites,
they appear still to be far better than those practiced by
Arizona in respect to its general state lands, which are
not officially part of their parks according to what I have
found online. For example,

1. I found one comment about mineral collecting on state
land in Arizona on their “Mineral Management Program”
web page at

It states,

“**Note: Recreational mining or mineral collecting on
State Trust land is prohibited.”

2. The “Mining Activities on State Trust Land” web page at , states:

“Recreational mining or mineral collecting on State Trust
land is prohibited.”


“Collecting or removing natural products (rocks, stone,
soil, fossils, mineral specimens, cacti, saguaro or cholla
skeletons, plants (live or dead), or firewood for home

4. The “Arizona rockhounding” web page at guides people
to BLM land for rock and mineral collecting.

5. The “Gold Panning” web at states:

“In general, gold panning is allowed on Bureau of Land
Management and Forest Service Land where there are
no existing claims.”

No mention is made of where it is allowed on Arizona
state lands. The impression that I get is that they want
rock collectors to come to visit Arizona and spend money
However, they want them to stay off state land and do
all of their rock hounding on BLM land. I would suspect
that they have the same feeling for meteorite collectors.

6. Also, there is “Date Creek Crystal location” at:

“I have received a warning ( not at this spot) and advised that
my name will be on file and that another violation will be BAD!

Don't blame me if YOU get caught!"

7. Finally, there is “Hunting on Arizona State Land?“ at:

“State land is not open for prospecting. Getting caught there
is an instant trip to jail,and a big fine.”

"Recreational mining or metal detecting on state trust land is
prohibited. State trust land is not public land period. Simply
being on the land without the proper permit is trespassing,and
no permit allows for metal detecting."

Judging from what I have found, the discussion on the above
pages likely also applies to meteorites. It appears from these
web pages that changing from the BLM to the state of Arizona
is not going to help anything for meteorite collectors.

Best wishes,

Paul H.