It seems every week we see a story about an Australian prospector finding a huge chunk of gold. Recently a hard rock mine in Australia produced a chunk of gold weighing 198lbs (2,772 troy ounces). Depending on how you measured it this chunck of gold would exceed the weight of the world's largest nugget, also found in Australia, the Welcome Stranger which weighed in at a whopping 3,123 ounces. The Welcome Stranger was a placer nugget found mere inches under the ground in 1869. This recent Australian find was produced by a 45 year old hard rock mine and was extracted from the lode vein. ...Read the story
The Western Mining Alliance released its 2019 mining claim predictions for California and Nevada today. Driven by low gold prices and increased small miner fees the Western Mining Alliance is seeing higher than normal numbers of claims pending action by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Looking for a new mining claim? This may be the year... read more.
Backpack dredges aren't just toys. Often a small dredge is the only size you can use in some small ravines with seasonal water. Many of these ravines have been overlooked and can yield good gold to those willing to hike into the remote canyons. Over 25% of dredgers use these small dredges, but at the end of the day its not the size of the dredge which counts, but the amount of gold....read more
The Endangered Species Act is 45 this year. In 1973 the Act was passed, but we had been preserving habitat and saving species well prior to that. For the first 20 years of the act there was negligible impact on the West. The second 25 years of the Act has seen an explosion in the use of the Act as a weapon by environmental groups to control the land and water. How bad has it become...read more