Saturday, October 29, 2011

Rock Collecting on State and Federal Lands

 Parks as a rule, the state and national do not normally allow visitors to dig into their parks, as it contributes to erosion and can spoil the natural beauty of the region. There are also regulations in place to protect the natural, cultural and archaeological. And then there are legal ramifications if taken without proper authorization or permit.

But there are a few exceptions to almost everything, as with the Crater of Diamonds State Park is located in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. This park is encouraging visitors to get their hands dirty. For a small fee, currently $ 7 for adults and $ 4 for children over 6 years, visitors are allowed to dig for diamonds and other precious stones and can keep their finds. Some visitors have even found a few gems.

Rock collection in the national forests and state recreation areas
State recreation areas, and state and national forests may have a more relaxed, like Garnet Hill Recreation Area in White Pine County near Ely, Nevada. Rockhounds will be pleased to know that the government designated the area as a zone of rock prospecting for garnets.

Interested in finding more of garnets? Visit the St. Joe National west of clarkia, Idaho forest and try prospecting for "star garnets" in the area of ​​Emerald Creek Garnet. A permit for one day visitors can take up to 5 pounds of garnets. Visitors can purchase a maximum of six permits per year, limiting them to a grand annual total of 30 pounds of garnets.

In the Ouachita National Forest, located in Arkansas, rockhounds can search for quartz, two free to use quartz crystal areas to collect the "Crystal Vista" in the Womble Ranger District located near Mt. Ida, and "Crystal Mountain" in the area between Jessieville Ranger Jessieville and Perryville.

The rules for the collection of rocks in the Ouachita National Forest vary greatly from what rockhounds can expect commercial sites Quartz Mining. All crystals collection made in the Ouachita National Forest needs to be done by hand, without tools or digging, and can not be made in very limited quantities, less than 25 pounds per person.

Rockhounds can dig for amethyst crystal to 220 acres Crystal Park, located in the Pioneer Mountains of Montana only 70 miles from the city of Butte. This area is rich amethyst administered by the Beaverhead-Deerlodge Forest Service National and is open from May to September depending on road conditions.

Rockhounding and the Bureau of Land Management
California has several options for rockhounds with Bureau of Land Management, or BLM, which allows the collection of rock at Turtle Mountain, Chemehuevi Wash and Vidal Junction, all located near the Parker Dam. At these locations, rockhounders enjoy access to find desert jasper, Opalite, agate and opal.

In addition, Chambless near Amboy Crater is the National Landmark and the Marble Mountain Rock collecting area outside the historic route 66. Here collectors can hunt for rock epidote, dolomite, chrysocolla, chalcedony, serpentine, marble, garnet and specular hematite, iron and kenatite, crystals of chalcedony, geodes and gold.

In the Yellowstone area, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, prospectors can search for gold in the many creeks and streams. In fact, in the Kootenai National Forest near the town of Libby, Montana, an entire area has been set aside for gold panning, and even the South Pass area of ​​Wyoming near the town of Lander has almost become paradise gold prospecting.

With a little research, find a rockhound determined that there is no limit to the number of places open to the rock collection, like this: Best Places to dig for gems in the United States.

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