Re: Re: Re: Nonprofit for preservation?
I belong to a rock club in Cal and we have two claims in the desert that are open to anyone. We just ask they leave a message in the box provided as to how much, by weight, they took out. We need this info to fulfill our requirements to the BLM to continue our claim. One of the claims is quite popular for onyx and the other is marble.
We are a 501(c)(3)non-profit under Cal Corp laws, (and, of course, the IRS which oversees and sets the rules) and are members of the CFMS (Calif Federation of Minerological Societies) and of the AFMS (American Fed of Minerological Societies).
The second claim we got recently, the marble claim, was a rush effort, of sorts, to get it through due to word we got the BLM was intending to reduce issuing these types of claims. In fact, we sent notice to other clubs in CA to get out and lay some open claims of their own to areas of rockhound interest and thus provide some places of activity for clubs and guests to have well into the possibly more repressive future should the BLM carry out it's rumored act. What with so much PUBLIC LANDS being closed off or severly restricted to rockhounding and getting more restrictive each year, it seemed the best way to ensure we had places to go to was to get clubs to claim places of interest before the doors are closed. I hope the other clubs get moving on this so as to provide for at least one additional way to access rockhounding sites not only in CA but in the other western states where the BLM has vast areas of PUBLIC LANDS under their control.
From Al - December 11, 2010 at 10:05:14