STOP the movement to eliminate Treasure Hunting in Oregon.
Oregon is trying to pass a bill that would ban metal detecting on private property, as well as artifact collecting without a permit. The only way to get the permit is if your have a masters in archeology. Please take a few seconds to sign the petition, and possibly post this elsewhere that you think might help. I know a lot of you do not live in Oregon (myself included), but think of it this way........"Who's next?" Here is the post........
Private property rights: In Florida, a win. In San Diego, a loss.
....Enter the San Diego City Council. On April 27th the city council voted to take Mesdaq’s land away from him and hand it over the GRH [a private developer]. The council decided that a nice 334-room Marriott on that property is more to their liking than a cigar and coffee shop because the hotel will generate more in property taxes. Mesdaq will be paid a “fair” amount for his property. “Fair,” as determined by the city council, not the free marketplace. Mesdaq will essentially be out of business. Read the Whole Story
Small-time prospectors may face restrictions
Posted 17 Dec 2003
It may be a close call, but help is on the way for a beleaguered, small-scale gold miner that the U.S. Forest Service wants to oust from an abandoned mining town that's been his home nearly 40 years.
Gerald "Jerry" Fennell, 61, is the last of the independent gold miners in the Jicarilla Mountains in south-central New Mexico, and one of the few remaining in the state. Read the Whole Story
Enviros Put Fishermen out of Business
Under the most severe restrictions ever imposed, U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler on Friday closed prime fishing grounds off New England and severely restricted the number of days fishermen may go to sea.
"Today could be the official death of the Gulf of Maine family-owned inshore fishing fleet," Ellen Goethel, a fisherman's wife from Hampton, N.H., wrote to the New Bedford, Mass., Standard Times. "This is the day that the Honorable Judge Kessler's new rules for fishing in the Gulf of Maine take effect."
The order was in response to a lawsuit filed by environmentalists against the National Marine Fisheries Service for not fully preventing overfishing. Read the Whole Story
Good Neighbor Act Seeks to End 'Land Grabs'
New legislation in the U.S. House would discourage what property rights advocates call federal "land grabs." But one prominent environmental group calls the bill "silly and unnecessary."
The Good Neighbor Act would affect counties where more than 50 percent of the land is already owned by the National Park Service, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management or Fish and Wildlife Service. To buy more land, the federal government would have to sell a piece of land worth at least 97 percent of the fair market value of the land to be acquired. Read The Whole Story
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