On November 9, 2016 I received a letter from the United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Saco Ranger District, White Mountain National Forest, file code 2800; 1910, date November 1, 2016.

 

It reads as follows:

Dear interested parties

The White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) is in the process of improving the management of the mineral resources across the Forest. This change is under consideration because of the significant increase in mineral collecting on the Forest in the last several years. While we welcome the interest in mineral collecting, the increase has brought some adverse impact to the majority of the existing collecting areas. We are also finding new collecting sites growing in frequency and size across the Forest. Given the disturbance at these sites, it is apparent that some collectors do not follow the Forest Service standards and guides for mineral collecting. At this time, we are concerned about the steady expansion of collecting, its impact to the resource, and the sustainability of the collecting program. To address these concerns, we are exploring different strategies for the management of our mineral resources with the goal of providing collecting opportunities that will be sustainable into the future.

 

At this time, we are seeking input from the minerals community and other interested members of the public to better understand the resource issues we are observing and to discuss how we could manage collecting more effectively. The information we collect will better inform our management decision during the planning process. The WMNF will hold three public meetings to engage with collectors and other interested parties as a focus group and create a dialogue about mineral collecting on the Forest. The dates and times are listed bellow. If these meetings dates cannot be attended comments can be sent to Elaine Swett eswett@fs.fed.us or in writing to the Saco Ranger District, 33 Kancamagus Hwy, Conway, NH 03818. There will be an additional public comment period once the formal planning process begins. Additional Questions concerning the meetings can be directed to Elaine Swett or Austin Hart at the Saco Ranger District 603-447-5448.

6:00PM Tuesday, November 29,2016

Location: Pemigewasset Ranger District

Weeks Room

71 White Mountain Drive

Campton, NH

6:00 PM Thursday, December 1, 2016

Location Androscoggin Ranger District

300 Glen Road

Gorham NH

2:00 PM Saturday, December 3, 2016

Location Salyards Center for the Arts

110 Main Street

Conway, NH

Sincerely,

James Innes

District Ranger.

This is public information, other than the letter I don’t know where you would find this information, I can’t find it on the White Mountain National Forest web site so that is why I am sharing it with you. This is the time where you have a voice in the future planning of what takes place in the White Mountain National Forest and the future of mineral collecting therein. So please take advantage of this time, If you can’t attend a meeting then send a letter via snail mail or send an email. This may also be a good time to bring up sluicing in the Forest since as of June, 2016 it is no longer permitted, Gold is a mineral.

There are currently 3 locations where mineral collecting is allowed and they are Deer Hill, Lord Hill, and Moat Mountain, click on each one for information.  Gold Panning is allowed in some areas, click for information.

 

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Comments
  1. Brother Joseph says:

    Will Americans remain asleep or, will they wake up before it’s too late?

    • I hope we will wake up before sustainable development strips us of every right we have. This blog post could just as easily be about hikers in the WMNF, you know hiking causes erosion, some hikers pick flowers. What will the next activity of focus be in the Forest plan?

  2. Brother Joseph says:

    To all who do not know whats really going on. And to see just how serious this is, take a look at this map. It’s pretty straight forward and easy to see just how much land we will be “Allowed” to use across the US alone. This is a world wide issue.

    Prospector Jack, keep up the great work…

    • This map comes straight off of the UN web site and it is true, this is what the Paris treaty is about, Agenda 21, Agenda 2030, sustainable Development, they are all the same program.

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