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Founded in 1964, the Denver Gem and Mineral Guild pursues exploration, experimentation, and education in the earth sciences; the discovery, development and preservation of minerals and mineral deposits; and the advancement, encouragement and utilization of the principles of art and craftsmanship as applied to gems and minerals.

The Denver Gem and Mineral Guild is an affiliate of:
https://www.savefossilcollecting.org/ Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineral Societies
American Federation of Mineral Societies

Salt Mine
Strataca, Kansas Underground Salt Museum

 

Here is the current lineup of coming events.
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JANUARY 2017
DGMG members
Kathy Honda-Linda Burns-
Beth Simmons
THE KANSAS SALT MINE

FEBRUARY 2017
DGMG member
Brad Bowman
ARCHEOLOGY and ARTIFACTS

MARCH
DGMG past President
Beth Simmons
GEM VILLAGE

APRIL
DGMG Member
Dr. Pete Modreski
Colorado’s best collecting spots

NEW PROPOSED BLM COLLECTING RULES - Response due by Feb 6, 2017

To: ROCKHOUNDING COLLEAGUES IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN FEDERATION OF MINERALOGICAL SOCIETIES
From: Mike Nelson, Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society, RMFMS PLAC Chairman

Re: Proposed collecting rules for invertebrate fossils on BLM land

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/07/2016-29244/paleontological-resources-preservation
On March 30, 2009, the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act (PPRA) became law on lands managed by various agencies of the federal government. Although the Senate Interior Appropriation Subcommittee in 1999 asked federal agencies to prepare a report on fossil resource management, most rockhounds and many professional paleontologists believed any new regulations (in my opinion) would be written to protect vertebrate fossils. However, unbeknownst to most fossil collectors, the United States Forest Service (USFS) published (May 23, 2013) draft regulations concerning the collection of invertebrate fossils on land managed by the agency. The comment period was 60 days and the Agency received few legitimate (non-form letters) concerns. Candidly, the proposal caught many rockhounds “off guard” and it was tough to organize informational responses. In my opinion, rockhounds lost many, many collecting privileges associated with invertebrate fossils. However, in defense of the USFS, the Agency was simply interpreting tenants of the PPRA, and that is the magic word---interpretation.

This week in December 2016 proposed regulations for lands under the jurisdiction of the Department of Interior (Bureau of Land Management [BLM]; National Park Service [NPS]; Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS]; Bureau of Reclamation [BR]) were published in the Federal Register and became available for comments. I would request that rockhounds and clubs interested in collecting invertebrate fossils from Interior lands examine these proposed rules and offer comments. As with USFS regulations, the proposed Interior rules are quite restrictive and will involve virtually any rockhound or collector of invertebrate fossils. In addition, Interior interpretations of PPRA rules differ somewhat from those of the USFS. The Federal Register is not easy bedtime reading; however, this new proposal is critical to future collecting. If you observe sections or rules that are disagreeable, please construct reasonable responses and send comments to the appropriate address. Your comments should be personal (individual or club) as form letters are not really successful. December and January are holiday seasons for many rockhounds and many club newsletters are taking time off from publishing. Therefore, the RMFMS Board thought it imperative that clubs/members receive this “call for action” via e-mail.

You may find the proposed rules at: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/07/2016-29244/paleontological-resources-preservation

Please remember as you comment:
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For more see: www.savefossilcollecting.org