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  1. This is an actual letter sent to a man named Ryan DeVries regarding a pond on his property. It was sent by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality, State of Pennsylvania. This guy’s response is hilarious, but read the State’s letter before you get to the response letter: State of Pennsylvania’s letter to Mr. DeVries: SUBJECT: DEQ … File No.97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec 20; Lycoming County Dear Mr. DeVries: It has come to the attention of the Department of Environmental Quality that there has been recent unauthorized activity on the above referenced parcel of property. You have been certified as the legal landowner and/or contractor who did the following unauthorized activity: Construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams across the outlet stream of Spring Pond. A permit must be issued prior to the start of this type of activity. A review of the Department’s files shows that no permits have been issued Therefore, the Department has determined that this activity is in violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania Compiled Laws, annotated. The Department has been informed that one or both of the dams partially failed during a recent rain event, causing debris and flooding at downstream locations.. We find that dams of this nature are inherently hazardous and cannot be permitted. The Department therefore orders you to cease and desist all activities at this location, and to restore the stream to a free-flow condition by removing all wood and brush forming the dams from the stream channel. All restoration work shall be completed no later than January 31, 2013. Please notify this office when the restoration has been completed so that a follow-up site inspection may be scheduled by our staff. Failure to comply with this request or any further unauthorized activity on > > the site may result in this case being referred for elevated enforcement action. We anticipate and would appreciate your full cooperation in this matter. Please feel free to contact me at this office if you have any questions. Sincerely, David L. Price District Representative and Water Management Division Here is the actual response sent back by Mr. DeVries: Re: DEQ File No.. 97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Lycoming County Dear Mr. Price, Your certified letter dated 11/17/12 has been handed to me. I am the legal landowner but not the Contractor at 2088 Dagget Lane , Trout Run, Pennsylvania . A couple of beavers are in the process of constructing and maintaining two wood ‘debris’ dams across the outlet stream of my Spring Pond. While I did not pay for, authorize, nor supervise their dam project, I think they would be highly offended that you call their skillful use of natures building materials ‘debris.’ I would like to challenge your department to attempt to emulate their dam project any time and/or any place you choose. I believe I can safely state there is no way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic. These are the beavers/contractors you are seeking. As to your request, I do not think the beavers are aware that they must first fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam activity. My first dam question to you is: (1) Are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers, or (2) Do you require all beavers throughout this State to conform to said dam request? If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers, through the Freedom of Information Act, I request completed copies of all those other applicable beaver dam permits that have been issued. (Perhaps we will see if there really is a dam violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the > Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania Compiled Laws, annotated.) I have several dam concerns. My first dam concern is, aren’t the beavers entitled to legal representation? The Spring Pond Beavers are financially destitute and are unable to pay for said representation — so the State will have to provide them with a dam lawyer. The Department’s dam concern that either one or both of the dams failed during a recent rain event, causing flooding, is proof that this is a natural occurrence, which the Department is required to protect. In other words, we should leave the Spring Pond Beavers alone rather than harassing them and calling them dam names. If you want the damed stream ‘restored’ to a dam free-flow condition please contact the beavers — but if you are going to arrest them, they obviously did not pay any attention to your dam letter, they being unable to read English. In my humble opinion, the Spring Pond Beavers have a right to build their unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is green and water flows downstream. They have more dam rights than I do to live and enjoy Spring Pond. If the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection lives up to its name, it should protect the natural resources (Beavers) and the > environment (Beavers’ Dams). So, as far as the beavers and I are concerned, this dam case can be referred for more elevated enforcement action right now. Why wait until 1/31/2013? The Spring Pond Beavers may be under the dam ice by then and there will be no way for you or your dam staff to contact/harass them. In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention to a real environmental quality, health, problem in the area It is the bears! Bears are actually defecating in our woods. I definitely believe you should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the beavers alone. If you are going to investigate the beaver dam, watch your dam step! The bears are not careful where they dump! Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable to contact you on your dam answering machine, I am sending this response to your dam office. THANK YOU, RYAN DEVRIES & THE DAM BEAVERS
  2. El Dorado reaches 72 today

    Happy Birthday, El D....Hope it is a great one! Cheers, Unc
  3. maps

    Here ya go... Cheers, Unc https://dspace.library.colostate.edu/bitstream/handle/11166/88237/cogjm.map_az_mine_1961.pdf?sequence=6&isAllowed=y
  4. Happy Birthday Tom H

    Happy Birthday teeny-bopper Tom! Get a BD nugget sunday! Cheers, Unc
  5. A Good Day's Worth Of Nuggets

    That's a good day o' nuggetshooting right there, Martin....real beauties! Congrats, Cheers, Unc
  6. Three nuggets and a 'stone'

    darn, Luke...is that crystally thing in the middle the stone? Cheers, Unc
  7. First sunbaker 22.6g AZ Specimen!

    !Awesome speci...keep on digging every beep! Cheers, Unc
  8. Old gold pan, classifier?

    I've found classifiers made from old Model A fenders.... Old Timers did what they needed to do ... Cheers, Unc
  9. Placer operation in southern Oregon

    As I posted on FB, Glenn is my old mining partner...We had a much larger operation, Double Eagle Mine, up Eddy Gulch near Sawyers Bar ... The equipment is all from the '4o's & '50's ... Glenn build the recovery equipment from scratch in the 1990's ... His Sterling operation is a very small version of our operation at Eddy. That was quite a time (early '80's)...But we found lots of gold ... This picture is me (L) and Glenn (R) and our other partner Fred (C) up in Circle City AK... That's the Yukon in the background ... Cheers, Unc
  10. Great finds, Gary...Looks like a very fun wash to work ... WTG! ... Cheers, Unc
  11. Landed a BIG one !!

    That's a couple great nuggets, Luke... That one that combines solid and sponge is really interesting and has great character, certainly one to keep in your collection for a long time ... Way to go ... Cheers, Unc

    Pyrite schist is usually a great indicator up there ... Those are some nice chunks Gary ... WTG!!! Cheers, Unc
  13. Yes, this was an excellent producing and fun patch til the flood gates got opened! A very good friend hunted it for hours just last week and said there were dig holes all over and not a single target for the whole day ... Used to be fun just to hunt until I got tired of finding gold for the day then back the next day for more of the same ...Cheers, Unc
  14. Here's a few probably out of the same patch: Cheers, Unc
  15. Awesome finds, Andy ... Think I know the exact spot those came from, but I could be wrong ... Looks like those beauties came out of schist ... Yep, Mike, looks exactly like the schist patch...been pounded to death since someone brought everyone and their dog in there who brought everyone and their dog in there, and so forth...if you know who I mean, and I think you do! Oh well, I got my ounces from there so that's the way it is moving west! Cheers, Unc
  16. Yo All... This is a near 40 minute long video my old partner, Glenn, did ... It's long, but watch it and you'll know about the real deal of gold mining... He started the Sterling Creek Mine right after our Double Eagle Mine got thrashed ... He's done well...Watch and learn :
  17. Yo Tom...Yes, that's what we did...we had 3-ball mini-mill that we would grind material with mercury and then retort it...Nasty job but it worked very well...As far as drama, stuff going on there on the mine was plenty dramatic...Glenn had a partner who was young blonde and hot and who refused to keep her clothes on...I have some very interesting pictures of his Sterling operation! .... Cheers, Unc
  18. Happy Birthday Grubstake

    Happy Birthday, Gary...Hope it is a great one...enjoy your pizza! Cheers, Unc
  19. Warble walking

    Nice bits T&T ... That ground looks kinda hot too! ... Cheers, Unc
  20. New Spot -- New Nuggs

    Awesome gold, Martin...Looks to be from near the source! WTG...Cheers, Unc
  21. Looking for a used GB2

    Good deal there, Mike ... The VSAT is awesome and he needs to jump on it! ... Cheers, Unc
  22. Weekend Exploration ....Pays Off

    Was that spur up on the high bench too? ... Cheers, Unc
  23. Weekend Exploration ....Pays Off

    Awesome, Adam...You two are kicking it, as most always do! ...That's some very nice gold! ... Cheers, Unc
  24. Break in the rain

    Looks like Eddy Gulch off Salmon River above Sawyers Bar???? Cheers, Unc
  25. How to look for and find Gold

    Yo All...When I first started mining and prospecting in 1977, I had the great good fortune of meeting old "Tatoo George" Muth in Northern CA ... He had worked the Rich Hill placer areas back in the '30's and '40's and had hunted a large drainage off the Scott River headwaters near the Trinity Divide since the 1920's with a partner he called the "Old One Eyed Guy" ... He was a big fan of old channel up on the hillsides ... He also taught me about looking for mineral colors ... He always said that the more different colors of mineralization the better the chances for gold ... He also showed me areas where "pocket hunters" had scored many pounds of gold below ore outcrops ... By sampling hillsides near the edges of the area below the outcrops (what our Aussie bros call "Loaming"), you can sometimes find the pockets where the gold has been halted on its gravity fueled trip downhill.... While a bland looking hill side can often be devoid of gold, sometimes the edges of the bland ground can really produce ... I've found a number of virgin patches where the gold was in boring grey ground surrounded by hot looking gossan ... The gossan was barren, but the grey ground is sometimes littered with gold... Specific minerals I look for are ironstone, quartz, greenstone, pyrite and iron schist striated bedrock ... One of my big surprises was learning that the gold actually sometimes forms in the iron schist bedrock without the immediate presence of quartz ... Fingers tired but I'll try to add some find pix found in such ground ... Cheers, Unc