We have just been informed by the BLM that we need a Notice of Intent (NOI) to dredge on our BLM claims. The CFR 3809 and CFR 3715 states that dredging is not casual use. Any claim that is not a casual use claim needs an NOI. This includes all the claims on Black Canyon claims that are on BLM land.
As of this date, and until further notice members cannot dredge on any claims on BLM land. The officers of the club are setting up a meeting with the BLM to get clarification on these regulations. We will resolve this as soon as possible and inform every one of further developments.
Please understand this is not the clubs mistake, but the BLM’s. They have not enforced these regulations in the past, but now they have decided to do so. We can still dry wash, high bank, sluice, metal detect and pan on these claims. For now, it’s only dredging that is not allowed.
Excerpt from BLM web site:
PROCESSING CASUAL USE ACTIVITIES
A simple example of a Casual Use activity common in Arizona is the operation of prospecting or rock collecting using a metal detector and/or other hand tools while camping on public lands. You cannot engage in suction dredging at a Casual Use level on BLM-administered lands in Arizona. Suction dredging can only be done pursuant to a Notice or Plan, filed under 43CFR 3809. Any camping must be in compliance with all camping regulations and you must not occupy the public lands for more than 14 days in any 90-day period within a radius of 25 miles of your initially occupied site.
Casual Use operations involve simple prospecting with hand tools such as picks, shovels, metal detectors, and camping for less than 14 days in a 90-day period. This prospecting does not involve any type of explosives, chemical usage or mechanized earth moving equipment. Small-scale mining devices such as dry washers having engines with less than 10 horsepower are allowed, provided they are fed using only hand tools.
Thank you for your cooperation,