Belgrade, MT

MISSION STATEMENT The Headwaters Chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America (GPAA) is a Not-For-Profit Organization to introduce Individuals to Prospecting and Mining of Precious Minerals.
Headwaters Chapter GPAA, PO Box 11 Manhattan, Montana 59741; TELEPHONE (406) 600-3812
MEETING TIME AND PLACE 7 pm, 2nd Wednesday of every month at theBelgrade Chamber of Commerce. Contact Bob Lindner at 406-222-6580
While originally created in good faith, the Antiquities Act of 1906 has been repeatedly abused in order to appease special-interest groups and bypass the legislative process. President Obama has exceeded the intent of this law more than any other American president, designating or expanding 22 national monuments and locking up more than three million acres of land. National monument designations under the Antiquities Act typically have significant consequences that negatively affect grazing rights, water rights, wildfire prevention and other land management activities. Our nation’s public resources are best managed when the public is intimately involved in the process.” — Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Arizona
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Laws regarding your mining rights on national forest land.
Dear Mining Claimant:
If you drive a car, truck, all-terrain vehicle, or motorcycle on lands administered by the BLM or the Forest Service in Montana or parts of North and South Dakota, you can no longer drive cross-country without authorization; you must stay on existing roads and trails.
This new direction is outlined in the 2003 final environmental impact statement (EIS) which addresses off-highway vehicle (OHV) area designation on lands managed by the two agencies. The EIS is available online at www.blm.gov/mt.
Mining claimants are entitled to reasonable access and use of the surface to stake claims, perform assessment work, and conduct mechanized exploration and development under the appropriate mineral development regulations. Mineral activities that are generally considered to create minimal impact to the ground such as claim staking or geologic mapping, are now subject to the following OHV requirements.
On BLM lands, typically no notification or approval is required for casual use (minimal impact) operations. However, any person operating a motorized wheeled vehicle on those areas designated as limited or restricted, must conform to all terms and conditions of the applicable designation orders. Use of motorized wheeled vehicles to travel cross-country for casual use operations in areas limited or restricted requires permission by the authorized officer.
On National Forest and grasslands, no notification or approval by the Forest Service is required for operations which will be limited to the use of vehicles on existing public roads or roads used and maintained for National Forest/grassland purposes and that are open to the public. However, any mining claimant proposing to use a motorized wheeled vehicle in areas designated as limited or restricted must file a notice of intent or plan of operations and receive approval from the authorized officer prior to proceeding.
If you have any questions or comments, contact your local BLM or Forest Service office.
Join GPAA through Headwaters Chapter and get your membership kit right away. Call Steve at 406-580-3679 or Earl at 406-600-3812
Legislation and Regulation (ICMJ)

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Member Claims

Headwaters Chapter of the GPAA Rules for continuous work area of a claim:

A person is allowed to mark out an area up to 10 feet by 10 feet with a sign. The person marking the area will be allowed to work that area without interference for a period of 3 weeks, before another person can "jump the Claim". If he returns within 3 weeks he can re mark the sign for another 3 weeks. You must include your name and date on the sign. You must return to the site to clean up all old signage when the time period has expired.
This is a gentleman's agreement.

This is to clarify any confustion on what is known as the "bucket rule".  This agreement was enacted on September 14 2011. and if filed in the bylaws.

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