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From:

To:

Date: **********

RE: Notice of Intent, pursuant to 36 CFR 228.4(a), et seq.

***********Placer Sampling Project

1. The name, address, telephone number and contact information of the operator:

Operator

Address

Home Phone

Cell Phone

Email

2. The area involved:

The “***********” placer sampling project is situated within the ********** National Forest, in the ***************, and portions of the ** Section **, Township ** North, Range ** East, ***** Meridian, ******* County, ********. Which is approximately one (1) air mile northwest of ********. The project is within the boundaries of the unpatented *********** association placer claim, MC ***********, as shown on the attached USGS topographic map. The topographic map details are self-explanatory on its face (See exhibit 1).

Also attached is the County and BLM recorded ******** placer location notice (See exhibit 2). Attached also is a partial Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Master Title Plat (MTP) showing the operators claim boundaries, Section lines, adjoining patented claim boundaries and area land status (See exhibit 3).

3. The nature of the proposed operations:

Operator proposes to initiate a environmentally sensitive short term, up to eighteen (18) calendar day operative period - commencing approximately ******* 2013 placer sampling program inside the ********* placer claim, to test gold values from sub-surface gravel samples. Samples will be taken in and adjoining pre-existing circa 1865 to 1980 highly disturbed large in-situ residual-eluvial historical placer workings (See exhibit 4).

 

Which are historically known as the “*****” placers (See exhibit 5). The history of the project area is discussed and mapped in *****, The ****** Placer District With Notes on the Lode Mines, ************ (available on-line for down-load in PDF format at the following link . ****************************

Operator has previously established numerous “valid mineral discovery” sites by hand sampling, and panning out the results on the ******** placer claim. From which considerable placer gold was recovered. Thus, operator asserts the ******** placer claim is supported with multiple “valid mineral discovery” sites, each containing significant placer gold. Thereby warranting more extensive sampling, as proposed and described herein. The intent of the proposed operations is to determine if a profitable large yardage surface placer mining operation within the project area is economically feasible.

4. The route of access to the area of operations:

Operator proposes to enter the project area beginning approximately ****** 2013 via USFS road # ****** and/or Road # ***** and utilize un-numbered existing RS 2477 roads inside the project area. Then, establish a roadside vehicle parking area, tents, trailer camp and sanitary facility in the “Camp Area” vicinity, as depicted on the attached exhibit 1 topographic map. Then, operator and assistants will select sample areas adjoining RS 2477 existing roads, within the five (5) sample areas depicted on the attached exhibit 1 topographic map.

5. The method of transport:

Two (2) licensed insured street legal four wheel drive sport utility vehicles, and one (1) licensed insured street legal Cummins diesel powdered Dodge dually four wheel drive pick up truck and one (1) fully self contained 28 foot Air Stream trailer. One of sports utility vehicles will tow a small ram operated dump style utility trailer.

6. Proposed project description:

To minimize potential ground disturbance impacts, individual sample sites will be selected on the basis of existing roadside accessibility. No new roads will be constructed, and no live standing timber will be cut. However, standing dead trees, dead windfall trees and/or dead stumps or snags may be cut and set aside to improve access, and for safety purposes.

Very limited short distance overland travel (i.e. not on an existing road) is contemplated to access specific open areas where on-site geology, local terrain topography and bordering historical placer workings indicates sub-surface placer gold should be present. Vehicles and equipment will not be operated when ground and/or road conditions are such that excessive damage will occur (i.e., saturated road or soil conditions).

Operator will maintain all vehicles and equipment operating in the ******** National Forest in good repair and free of abnormal leakage of lubricants, fuel, coolants, and hydraulic oil.

 

Once individual sampling sites are selected, flagged, and GPS mapped. Pre-sampling digital photographs of the individual sample sites will be taken to establish a record of the project activities before and after completion. Operators then intend to excavate narrow bucket width (shorter than boom length) individual trenches to bedrock utilizing a 580 Case backhoe, or smaller version rubber tire backhoe.

Sample trench bucket width is contemplated to be 12 to 14 inches wide, with each individual trench being approximately six (6) feet in length, extending to a depth of three to six feet to bedrock. Where applicable, any existing on-site surface vegetation, organic litter layer, woody debris or topsoil would be first scalped off, removed, and set to one side of the individual sample trench.

Once a single sample trench is excavated to a maximum depth of six (6) feet, a gravel sample of three (3) to five (5) cubic feet in volume will be removed, screened and set aside in a small utility dump box trailer. After individual trench gravel samples are removed, each shallow trench will be immediately back filled, contour leveled, and when available on site covered with topsoil, vegetation, organic litter layer, woody debris to simulate pre-existing site conditions.

Operator projects three (3) to four (4) shallow sample trench’s will be excavated fifteen (15) to twenty five (25 feet) apart within each of five (5) separate individual sample areas, as depicted on the attached exhibit 1 topographic map, in the manner described above. Screened gravel samples placed in the utility dump box trailer will then be transported via existing roads to the vicinity of the “camp” area for washing on a daily basis.

Gravel samples will be hand-shovel fed through a Keene Engineering High-Banker and eight (8) foot long sluice box (See exhibit 5). Water for running the high-banker spray bars and sluice box will be pumped via a Honda gas engine powered water pump, and collapsible hose from the South Fork of ********** Creek to the high-banker. The high-banker will generate turbid water, silt and ½ inch minus gravel fines. Which, will directly entrained into an excavated infiltration gallery contemplated to be approximately three (3) to four (4) feet in width, about twenty (20) feet in length, and about six (6) feet in depth (See exhibit 6).

The high-banker and in-situ infiltration galley will be situated on a slightly sloping grade upslope of the tent camp area. Ground slope will permit turbid water to gravity flow the length of the infiltration gallery. Allowing liquid effluents to naturally peculate-infiltrate into the surrounding down-slope subsurface dirt, gravel and rocks, as a natural filter mechanism.

 

Silt/drift fences or straw wattles will be installed immediately down slope of high-banker effluent infiltration gallery to prevent sediment delivery to aquatic habitats in the event of an intense precipitation event or infiltration gallery overload failure. No gasoline, diesel fuel, lubrication oil, grease, hydraulic fluid or other petroleum products will be released on any project site.

Maximum total sample volume is contemplated to be approximately sixteen (16) cubic yards of fine gravel material. As sample washing progress’s on a daily basis, if it becomes obvious the infiltration gallery will fill with fine gravel before all sample washing is completed. The down slope end of the gallery will be extended for a distance sufficient to not fill with fine gravel before all samples are washed.

That infiltration galley extension is not expected to be more than an additional ten (10) feet in length. Once all samples are washed, the infiltration gallery, and any disturbed area immediately adjoining it will be refilled and contour leveled. Then, if available on site covered with topsoil, vegetation, organic litter layer, woody debris to simulate pre-existing site conditions.

High definition digital photos and video will be taken of all affected project sites before actual sampling commences, and after all project operations conclude. So-as-to establish a clear digital photographic and/or video record of this project, start to finish. Immediately thereafter, the silt/drift fences or straw wattles, high-banker, sanitary facility, and camp will be disassembled, packed, and will exit the ******** National Forest via maintained public roads.

Proposed Plan Of Operation Information:

Equipment:

Three (3) 4 wheel drive vehicles, one (1) rubber tire backhoe, one (1) utility dump box trailer, one (1) Keene high-banker, one (1) Honda gasoline engine powered water pump, one (1) Honda generator, and one (1) chain saw.

Structures: No standing structures exist on site, and none will be built.

Fire Danger and Equipment:

In order to reduce or eliminate potential for a wildfire associated with this project, operator will adhere to current and imposed fire restrictions that are enacted by the Forest Supervisor pertaining to fire restrictions in the ********** National Forest. Additionally, operator will ensure that all vehicles, and equipment are equipped with a functional spark arrestor, baffled muffler, and are equipped with a bucket, shovel and fire extinguisher. Vehicles will only be parked in an area in which the natural vegetation does not directly contact the catalytic converter of the vehicle.

 

A warming fire in a small fire pit may be used at the camp area. Appropriate fire protection equipment (bucket, shovel and fire extinguisher) will be present at the tent camp area. Warming fires will be completely extinguished, if left unattended. The fire pit will be reclaimed. No live trees will be cut for firewood, but slash and wood from dead standing or down trees in the vicinity may be used for warming fire fuel.

Noxious weed or invasive species infestation prevention:

Operator’s vehicles and all equipment will be thoroughly washed clean and visually inspected to insure they are clean, prior to being used in the project area.

Sanitation:

Water will be used for cooking and cleaning and is considered gray water. Which will be directed into the infiltration galley, where gravel samples are washed adjoining the camp site area. Food will be kept in an enclosed area such as a truck or job-box, as will be garbage to comply with the any bear food storage order in effect. Garbage will be removed to an approved disposal site on a regular basis.

Environmental Protection Measures:

A. Air quality:

All equipment will be equipped with approved spark arrestors, mufflers, catalytic converters, and other equipment required to operate legally.

B. Water quality:

No project activities will be located in streams or wetlands. Operations will be conducted to prevent pollutants or debris from entering streams and wetlands. Operator will refrain from crossing all stream channels (ephemeral, intermittent, perennial) with motorized vehicles. Where unavoidable, channels will be crossed where approaches are stable with low banks.

Based on site-specific review of sediment transport potential (based on slope, existing vegetation, soil depths, proximity to riparian areas), silt/drift fences or straw wattles will be installed at sample sites where deemed necessary. When such a need is determined, silt/drift fences or straw wattles will be installed immediately down slope of sample sites and/or the infiltration gallery to prevent sediment delivery to aquatic habitats in the event of an intense precipitation event or infiltration gallery failure.

No oil, grease, hydraulic fluid and other petroleum products will be released within the project site. If a release accidentally occurs, the contaminated material will be removed immediately and disposed of at a proper disposal site.

 

Human waste generated by project activities will be contained in port-a-potty or similar receptacle designed to contain, transport and dispose of human waste at an approved site off National Forest System Lands.

C. Solid wastes:

Refuse associated with the project will be removed and disposed of in authorized disposal sites. Garbage and litter generated within the project area will be removed daily and placed in the secure garbage storage container at the camp site. From there, garbage will be taken to an approved disposal site off USFS land every several days.

D. Scenic values:

The camp area, sample sites and infiltration gallery area are located in remote areas, not easily visible from the surrounding area. The project sites are all small in extent and reclamation will take place immediately, once sub-surface gravel samples are removed from each individual sample trench. All disturbed sites will be immediately reclaimed.

E. Fish & wildlife:

No designated critical habitat for fish is known to exist in the project area. No disturbance will occur in streams or aquatic habitat wetlands. Operations will be conducted to prevent pollutants or debris from entering streams and wetlands. Operator will refrain from crossing all stream channels (ephemeral, intermittent, perennial) with motorized vehicles. Where unavoidable, steams will be crossed where approaches are stable with low banks.

No designated critical habitat for wildlife is known to exist in the project area. Project operations will not have any significant impact on wildlife. Foodstuffs will be properly stored so-as-to avoid attracting bears.

F. Cultural resources:

Best management practices will used to keep disturbance to a minimum required for the safe and successful completion of the project. Where soil disturbance occurs, re-vegetation efforts will primarily rely on creation of micro-sites (roughened ground surfaces, placement of woody debris, etc.) for natural re-vegetation and redistribution of salvaged on-site organic litter layer.

G. Hazardous substances:

Gasoline, diesel fuel, oils and greases necessary to operate three (3) motor vehicles, one (1) backhoe, one (1) Honda EU2000i generator, one (1) chainsaw and one (1) gasoline engine powered water pump will be used. Operator will keep no more than twenty five (25) gallons of fuel stored in DOT approved fuel cans at the camp area. Operator will purchase additional fuel from nearby local retailers, on an as needed or daily basis.

 

H. Reclamation:

Best management practices will used to keep disturbance to a minimum required for the safe and successful completion of the project. Reclamation of sample sites will be initiated on trench by trench basis immediately after each sample from an individual trench has been removed. Reclamation of the infiltration galley area will take place immediately after all sample washing is completed. At the projects finalization, all project sites will be individually inspected to insure all reclamation is completed. Then, digitally photographed to establish recorded visual evidence of operators diligent reclamation completion.

I. Unforeseen cultural recourses or artifacts:

If previously undiscovered cultural resources, prehistoric objects, historical Indian artifacts, human graves or skeletal remains are exposed as a result of project operations. Operator will immediately notify the Authorized Officer, or his local USFS representative. Operations in the immediate area of such a discovery will not proceed until notification is received from the Authorized Officer that provisions for mitigating unforeseen impacts as required by 36 CFR 228.4 (e) and 36 CFR 800 have been complied with.

_________________________

Operator

Date__________________________

 

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There is absolutely no legal requirement for a NOI to conduct a sampling run such as described. You are legally conducting a PROSPECTING sampling and NOT mining. You have thusly drawn a target on your back and told them here I am please come and harass me now and forever. No way in LL would I ever participate in such folly as NO LAW on the planet requires it unless in a reserve,preserve,national recreation area or national restricted monument. Here in the Shasta & Trinity Forests the mineral officers just tell me repeatedly ,John just go do what ya always done and forget all that insipid BS. Nice plan but sooo not needed. Would work great for a plan of op for a true mining op with a reclaimation section added though. John :D

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Another thanks from me too Elder. I couldn't find a good example so I winged it, this one is much more professional.

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I can assure anyone, if you intend to excavate 20 or 30 sample trenches 6 ft deep with a backhoe or excavator on National Forest lands, the District Ranger (Authorized Officer) will insist a Plan of Operation is required. If you don’t have an approved POO in hand. If caught trenching with a backhoe, 99% of the time, you will be issued a very nasty expensive citation & told to stop. If you refuse to stop, you can become subject to immediate arrest.

I, for one am not willing to risk the time, labor & expense involved in getting the equipment together 700 miles from where I live to do a placer sampling program. Then, arrive, start work, be given a citation & directed to stop. The end result being the sampling program is delayed until a POO is approved. Given, one gets started on the wrong foot with the District Ranger, that approved plan of operation might be a long time coming.

This particular USFS NOI includes the same information utilized in a proposed Plan of Operation for a couple reasons. It was our intent last fall to choose the sample sites & camp area in person - on site. So they could be identified with exacting specificity by GPS position, mapped & digitally photographed. Then, that information would have been included in a proposed Plan of Operation, without an NOI.

Unfortunately, a huge forest fire broke out in the area, roads closed & we were denied access. By the time the forest fire was out, it started to snow, closing roads again. Which put the kibosh on that advance plan. So, we had to “wing” it.

Generally, its best to think it all through, then include every possible piece of pertinent information in something like this. That can save a lot of questions back and forth, + multiple revisions to suit. I put this one together as an NOI, including all the facets of a POO, trying to expedite the whole permitting process. Knowing because we are going to use a backhoe to trench with, a POO would be required.

Normally, I do a face to face introduction with the USFS geologist for the area. Generally, he is the one that will process an NOI or POO. Getting to know him, discussing the aspects with him, can sort of grease the wheels, before any paperwork submission.

Another factor is, if the project area is snowbound in winter. If so (?), USFS cannot go “eyeball” the project site, until the spring thaw & the area becomes vehicle accessible. Which can delay everything for a considerable time. I had previously taken a considerable number of digital photographs inside the claim boundaries. I include a dozen as exhibits, so the USFS person processing the paperwork, could visualize the general area, where we intend to sample.

Attached is an official USFS POO FORMAT PDF.

fs_plan_of_operations_form.pdf

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Elder Miner

Great post,and 100 percent on the mark for anyone considering any project on

US Forest Service or BLM land involving mechanized equipment period. Without

a plan or notice,not only can they fine you,but they can impound your vehicles and

equipment,and then charge you for any damages. :thumbsupanim

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The sampling project you described is similar to a neighboring claim holder, with the exception of the high banker and occupation, his intent was to trench, detect then backfill all in the same day. When the FS minerals officers (2 gals in comfortable shoes) showed up for a pre inspection meeting they brought with them a hydrologist, an ornithologist, an archeologist and a naturalist.

Point is you really need to cover all bases and be extremely pro active when contemplating any activity that invokes the slightest possibility of "a signifiant surface disturbance" even if you just plan on using hand methods.

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Knowing the USFS job is to do what they do. Best to never raise an issue or question.

Unless, you already know the answer well in advance. In this case, we did an exhaustive search on every possible regulatory stumbling block we could envision.

Any sensitive or endangered flora & fauna (or habitat) on site. NO

Any cultural aspects. NO

Any historical aspects. NO

Any State mining regulatory aspects. YES

http://www.idl.idaho.gov/bureau/minerals/bmp_manual1992/bmp_index.htm

Any State water rights aspects. YES

http://www.idwr.idaho.gov/WaterManagement/WaterRights/WaterRightProcess/water_rights_process.htm

(we filed for water rights)

We also pulled the entire record of the last dozen start to finish mining Plan of Operations that were granted in the last 5 years, in the particular National Forest. Which we reviewed each in detail, to determine where regulatory stumbling blocks may exist & how the operator handled them.

We also contacted a “bonding” company, making preliminary arrangements for a bond.

Assuming a reclamation bond may eventually be required, if we upscale to full scale 50 YPD mining.

We also “optioned” to buy 5 acres on an adjoining patented mining claim.

Reason being, a potential processing site on private property, that doesn’t need USFS permitting, or reclamation bonding.

This one is not a shot in the dark. Significant sampling has already been done. Enough so, to block out about 20K yards of shallow pay dirt, running 1/8th ounce recoverable per yard. With 2 other areas in the claim block, that appear to have equal inferred pay dirt. We have a 75 YPD trommel, 235 Cat excavator, DH5 Cat, Dump truck & peripheral support equipment.

 

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Here in the Prescott National Forest you can file an exploration/bulk testing app and they will tell you the rest. Just like a plan but not exactly. For a 10 acre parcel and plant site the bond is $28,000 for reclamation and the third party assessment was $15,000 for environmental and that was cheap as the co had already been in the area and surveyed it. (One 10 acre site) And $28,000 for each 10 acre worked and plant site close by. The next pit fall was the posting in the newspapers for comments on the proposed operation. This takes months as they send to all (Sierra Club etc.) and post this on every fence post, road and store in the area. All testing must be done by pick and shovel before you put a motorized tool on the ground. This permit would be up to 30 yards per hour and can lead up to a full plan of operation if all goes well on inspection this could lead to more yards per hour. Pick your site well and know what your site will produce. By the way you will not get an operating plan from the forest service without filing a F.O.I.A on other claims and this can take up to a year and still not receive it if they protest. Information on claims is not public info in this area.

Wayne

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Here in the Prescott National Forest you can file an exploration/bulk testing app and they will tell you the rest. Just like a plan but not exactly. For a 10 acre parcel and plant site the bond is $28,000 for reclamation and the third party assessment was $15,000 for environmental and that was cheap as the co had already been in the area and surveyed it. (One 10 acre site) And $28,000 for each 10 acre worked and plant site close by. The next pit fall was the posting in the newspapers for comments on the proposed operation. This takes months as they send to all (Sierra Club etc.) and post this on every fence post, road and store in the area. All testing must be done by pick and shovel before you put a motorized tool on the ground. This permit would be up to 30 yards per hour and can lead up to a full plan of operation if all goes well on inspection this could lead to more yards per hour. Pick your site well and know what your site will produce. By the way you will not get an operating plan from the forest service without filing a F.O.I.A on other claims and this can take up to a year and still not receive it if they protest. Information on claims is not public info in this area.

Wayne

The link below is placer mining operation in the Prescott N.F.

http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37710

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Thank you for the time you spend to bring us this info!

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Bill, you are more than welcome.

I had to do this for myself anyway & thought posting how I did it might give others a “leg up”, if they ever become involved in a mechanized placer mining operation.

Regulators have certainly tightened the screws on placer mining permitting on USFS/BLM public lands.

I long for the days when the “5 Acre Rule” was still in effect. Alas, those days are gone.

So, you either comply with existing regulations.

Or, you will not be allowed to placer mine with mechanized earth moving equipment capable of moving & washing fairly large yardage.

Part of the “trick” is to make sure your “Notice of Intent“ & “Plan of Operation” is prudent, practical and feasible.

In other words, well thought out.

Certainly, a potential mechanized placer miner has some sort of plan, “what” they intend to do & “how” they intend to do it.

That is the easy part.

The tough part is making your “plan” conform to existing regulations & requirements, so it will (hopefully) be approved.

The PDF file link below is an eye-opener about USFS bonding requirements.

http://www.fs.fed.us/geology/bond_guide_042004.pdf

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Every forest is run differently AND most importantly I've had a 40+ years history of compliance so I've gotten the ol' give me a call John when ya start and finish and I'll tell the idiots to shut up because of prior notification. If you feel a NOI is needed simply make it a 5 or 10 year plan and then silence is indeed golden.This reminds me of ol' Russ Gomez the meanest filthy rotten sob CDFG cop ya ever met story. He came to my op,drove his atv on top of my dam and said John I've gotten numerous complaints from some enviroidiots about a HUGE dam dam on the creek and I don't see one do you?? LL NO Russ I sure don't but thanx for the headsup-hahahahaha--It's how you treat folks in enforcement/office/field that predicates how they treat you---John

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John

I have done the same as you over the years and got along fine. But now

the Forest Service is like a game of musical chairs. You never know who is going

to be sitting in the bosses chair from one week to the next now. Every few months

someone new shows up ,and some of them are not like the old crew. All it takes is

one new jerk to screw up 40 years of good faith and a good working relationship,

with a local Ranger district.

They need to furnish district rangers a motor home now,because none of them

stay long enough to break in their desk chair. :grr01:

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With all due respect elder-miner, the Milk Mine url on the Forest Service site is not the Operating Plan only a vague scoping letter for comments. The operating plan could be a hundred pages or more and get down to the real nitty gritty on enviros etc, which you will not see without a F.O.I.A.
Yes, Saw Mill we go through the same problems as well, but the Forest has worked well with the plan in the upper Hassayampa area and I could not be more pleased with their findings and support of the project up here. The Forest Service has gone against the Sierra Club and approved the operation. It’s very sad that they must send a scoping letter for approval to all the groups that would deny our plans. Washington must be at fault to mail the opposing groups first rather than finding out as the public does.

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With all due respect elder-miner, the Milk Mine url on the Forest Service site is not the Operating Plan only a vague scoping letter for comments. The operating plan could be a hundred pages or more and get down to the real nitty gritty on enviros etc, which you will not see without a F.O.I.A.

Yes, Saw Mill we go through the same problems as well, but the Forest has worked well with the plan in the upper Hassayampa area and I could not be more pleased with their findings and support of the project up here. The Forest Service has gone against the Sierra Club and approved the operation. It’s very sad that they must send a scoping letter for approval to all the groups that would deny our plans. Washington must be at fault to mail the opposing groups first rather than finding out as the public does.

I know what it is, I posted it. Nor, am I trying to start a pissing in the wind match.

Never done any permitting in Arizona.

It appears Arizona has a few hurdles, most other applicable States don't have.

http://mines.az.gov/...eralrights.html

I've done mining permitting work in Oregon, Washington, California (yuck), Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada & a few others.

Never once had to do a FOIA request for anything regarding a USFS/BLM mining Plan of Operation.

What is a Freedom of Information Act request used for, having to do with a USFS/BLM mining Plan of Operation?

I am not so old, I am not willing to learn something new.

With regards to some other things, I have done several FOIA requests before, so I know how they work.

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Absolutely must agree EMiner-all the little forest kings rule their areas of concern like a private dominion and pontificate the rules and regs in direct accordance to their own perverted idieology-sp- sickness and we thusly must obey or get fined to death. Your great NOI just needs a couple a tweks and good for a POO--#I-just add in a small change to the archeological section by having a talk or certified letter sent inquiring about sites PRIOR TO STARTING. They always tell ya we can't tell ya that but satisfies the stupid laws as their perverse logic is you'd tell everyone and the site would be saked. Same with #E-ask in writing about any endangered species EVEN IF YOU ARE 100% sure there are none,just to fluff their feathers and make them think they are doing something besides being a pain in the arse. Lotza luck EM hope ya find a TON-John

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John I sure do enjoy you posts. You know your stuff!

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Thank you very much for the compliment as much appreciated by a kalif interloper here. I come to this site specifically for the informative posts like ELMnr here as a fantastic job . There is more pertinent info posted here than a dozen other forums and Bills steel edged rules keep it cival at all costs. I always seem to get my first laugh, my first great treasure sight and the first nice word a the day here and you just crossed one offa my list-again thanx much and ElMr that NOI is sweeeeet sir-nuttn' but respect-- John :thumbsupanim

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THE BEST NEWS A MINER CAN GET FROM USFS..... whoot whoot........... :brows:

Based on information in this document and the project record, I have determined this project is not significant in either context or intensity (40 CFR 1508.27), that no extraordinary circumstances affecting resource conditions exist (36 CFR 220.6), that this project may be categorically excluded from documentation in an EA or EIS, and that it meets all the criteria outlined for 36 CFR 220.6(e)(8) Short-term (one year or less) mineral, energy, or geophysical investigations and their incidental support activities that may require cross-country travel by vehicles and equipment, construction of less than one mile of low standard road, or use and minor repair of existing roads.

The rationale for my decision is based on: 1) the proposed action fully meeting the criteria for Categorical Exclusions, 2) the proposed action meeting the purpose and need, 3) the findings related to extraordinary circumstances, discussed below, 4) the project’s consistency with laws and regulations, including the Forest Plan, 5) the on-the-ground review and discussion with resource specialists, and 6) my review of the Biological Assessments (BA), Biological Evaluations (BE), and specialists’ reports.

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:thumbsupanim Tenacity is the word and congratulations,but keep them eyes open on the back a your head :brows: John

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WTG

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