Re: Re: Rules changed at Graves Mountain?
Junior, the caretaker at Graves Mountain, just announced that Graves Mountain will once again be open to individual collectors. I believe this new change takes place after January 1st, 2008. You will be able to make arrangements to dig at the site again, but there have to be at least two people there at the same time (so take a friend!). The two-person rule was put into effect for safety reasons.
The diggers featured in the video in question will still be banned from the site, but rockhounds who are willing to follow the mine's rules will be able to dig there once again.
Although the video was shot about 5 years ago, it was posted on "YouTube" within the last year, for reasons that most of us cannot understand. The owners of Graves Mountain were not pleased when they saw it.
Many of us are indeed grateful to Junior, and to the owners of the mine, for their decision to let collectors into this incredible, classic site once again. As far as I know, groups sniping at each other really had nothing to do with the original closure. Risky, dangerous behavior was behind the decision.
As we all know, if you don't follow the rules at any collecting site, you can single-handedly cause its closure to everyone.
Let's just be glad that diggers in the southeast (and from all over the place) can go there again. It's an amazing place to visit.
From Steve Barr - December 26, 2007 at 08:06:13