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    Metal detecting for gold.
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  1. John Wow!!! What great finds! Thank you for sharing this. Gives us some hope that there is still some out there for us to find. Have a good day, Chet
  2. Its a long drive but I can help sometime after the 21 of March. Chet
  3. Jeff, likewise happy birthday wishes to you and a few others that I missed this month. Like Jack Benny I'm only 39; but somehow my body feels a little older.😁 Have another good year, Chet
  4. California Desert Protection Act of 1994. PUBLIC LAW 103-433—OCT. 31, 1994 108 STAT. 4483 To designate certain lands in the California Desert as wilderness, to establish the Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks, to establish the Mojave National Preserve, and for other purposes. (c) WITHDRAWAL.—Subject to valid existing rights, the Federal lands referred to in subsection (b) are hereby withdrawn from all forms of entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws; from location, entry, and patent under the United States mining laws; and from disposition
  5. I have a friend that has detected in Wilderness areas. On one occasion he was challenged by a Ranger. He defended his prospecting activity by the paragraph below from the Wilderness Act. I think this is how oil exploration is allowed in the Alaska Wilderness area. The real problems come when permissions for extraction of minerals is sought. PUBLIC LAW 88-577-SEPT. 3, 1964 "Wilderness Act" SPECIAL PROVISIONS (2)Nothing in this Act shall prevent within national forest wilderness areas any activity, including prospecting, for the purpose of gathering information about mineral
  6. Looking at maps I found the location where my 2 dwt nugget was found. There are two Marble Canyons; the correct one is about 20 miles SE of Big Pine. If you look on Google Earth at N 37.091604, -117.964783 you will find a cabin and old mining junk. This is where I found the nugget before it was 1 mile inside the Park Boundary. Looking at Land Matters there is only one active 20 acre claim that is just west of the Park Boundary that is in the same drainage. There are a lot of inactive claims in this area that are west of the Park Boundary. Maybe there is an area here that is worth claiming
  7. Bill It was east of the road. It was an underground ancient river that the miners had tunneled through with vertical shafts where they had lifted the sand and gravel to the surface for processing. There were tailing piles at each vertical shaft. I only had time to rake and detect one of the piles so there was great possibilities for the other ones. Chet
  8. Hi Bill I found my first California nugget near you in Marble Canyon. It was a 2 dwt found raking layers off a tailing pile using a Whites DI 6000 coin detector. That was in 1980, after I got my GPZ 7000 I intended to go there again but found that Death Valley had extended the park boundaries to incorporate that area. Good luck and have a good day, Chet
  9. Norm Sounds like my GPZ 7000 will not give me any advantage over you and Fred’s machines. Thank you, Chet
  10. Hi Rich The Alamo claims are pretty close the border. Many years ago my son and I were hiking a trail south of Ruby. We met a ranger that was carrying a lever action 30-30. I ask him why he was carrying the rifle. He said that the trail was used by dope runners. In the conversation he stated when he came across them they would see his riffle, drop their packs and run back to the border. He also stated that if he ever saw that they were armed he would be running away. He said they didn’t pay him enough to get into a shootout. We followed him back to our car. Have a good day, Che
  11. Hi Rich Thank you for the reply. Do you have the names of the claims? Chet
  12. Hi Norm I located the WSPA claims by searching on the Diggings website. I might give them a try sometime. What detectors were you and Fred using? Is there a list of WSPA claims somewhere, current or closed? Thank you, Chet
  13. Hi Bill, Denny I see where some new members have " Paid Member " status in their profile. Can you upgrade my status from " Public to Paid "? Thank you, Chet
  14. Bill The BLM doesn’t have anything special for clubs. The club name must be a legal name. If you keep the number of claims below 10 the club can qualify as a small miner and wave the $165 annual fee for each claim. A form 3830-2 form must be filled out each year for each claim stating that at least $100 of work was performed. Example; ten hours of road improvement at $10 per hour. I found this information at; https://www.blm.gov/programs/energy-and-minerals/mining-and-minerals/locatable-materials/annual-maintenance Maintenance Fee Payment Waiver Certification (Small Miner’
  15. Hi Bill No problem. Have a good day, Chet
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