The 1872 Mining Laws call for prospectors to come to Montana and stake their claims to mine for gold and other gems. This law has never been changed and still stands; it takes precedence over the desires of a government agency to direct and control the activities of the prospector
When the US Forest Service tries to exercise their power muscles, us prospectors have to stand our ground. One has the choice to solicit help locally, statewide or nationally.
The Blackfoot River Prospecting Club has had several years of negative profiling from the US government; the Governor's men have agreed to meet with us so we can talk about access to public land. We cannot be held hostage by a government agency with multiple districts interpreting their role differently and being discriminatory against the prospector.
Governor Steve Bullock is very supportive of access to public lands and has Patrick Holmes assigned as an advisor for assistance as well as Ryan Weiss in the DNRC (Department of Natural Resources) who will mediate some equity in coming to the table for resolution of access to public land.
When a government agency uses excuses, long standing ineffective procedures, targeting of the resident land uses, and a myriad of other unsavory tactics, what is a club to do!!
There is also help nationally from those involved with the national Mineral and Mining Advisory Council who are experienced people willing to help us reign supreme!! And we will; we were here first!!