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Update Posted: August 19, 2015

Danger Warning

THE STATE OF OREGON IS ABOUT TO PROHIBIT
ALL SMALL-SCALE
MOTORIZED PLACER MINING!

In 2013, the Oregon legislature passed Senate Bill 838, which was signed into law by the Governor. Click to read Senate Bill 838.

SECTION 2 OF SB 838 CALLS FOR A "FIVE YEAR MORATORIUM ON THE USE OF ALL MOTORIZED PLACER MINING EQUIPMENT" IN:

1) ALL STREAMS DESIGNATED ESSENTIAL SALMON HABITAT (ESH), OR HAVE NATIVE BULL TROUT OR LAMPREY EELS; AND

2) 100 YARDS TO EITHER SIDE OF ESH+ STREAMS FROM THE NORMAL HIGH-WATER MARK.

"Motorized Equipment" includes any internal combustion or stream engine, electric motors including battery operated pumps, gold wheels, mini-concentrators, etc..

No Pumps, No Dredges, No Hi-Bankers, No Power Sluices, No backhoes, No excavators, No trommels or washplants = NO MINING!

[NOTE: The only exemption is for placer operations requiring DOGAMI permitting (i.e.; move more than 5,000 c/yrds/yr), or in the few NON-ESH STREAM SEGMENTS.]

VIOLATION IS A CLASS A MISDEMEANOR
(UP TO $6,250 FINE AND ONE YEAR IN JAIL).

Click to read Senate Bill 838.

WE NEED YOUR HELP & SUPPORT!

"KEEP READING" to Learn more about the Moratorium and what the Waldo and Galice Mining Districts are doing about it . . . and How You Can Help.


FIVE YEAR MORATORIUM

THE MORATORIUM WILL BEGIN JANUARY 2, 2016,
AND LAST UNTIL JANUARY 2, 2021 (UNLESS EXTENDED);
AND COVERS ALL ESH (ETC.) STREAM SEGMENTS
INCLUDING ON FEDERAL OR PUBLIC LANDS, STATE OR
COUNTY LANDS, PATENTED & UNPATENTED MINING
CLAIMS, AND EVEN PRIVATE PROPERTY.

[NOTE: The only exemption is for large placer operations
requiring DOGAMI permitting (move more than 5,000 cu/yrds/yr),
OR THE FEW NON-ESH STREAM SEGMENTS.]

VIOLATION IS A CLASS A MISDEMEANOR
(UP TO $6,250 FINE AND ONE YEAR IN JAIL).



WE NEED YOUR HELP & SUPPORT!
THE WALDO & GALICE MINING DISTRICTS OF SW OREGON HAVE RETAINED ATTORNEY JAMES BUCHAL TO FILE FOR AN INJUNCTION TO HOPFULLY STOP THE MORATORIUM.
Click to read Senate Bill 838.

This litigation will cost $1,000's of dollars.

Ask yourself:
What's it worth to YOU to be able to continue mining in Oregon . . . . .

. . . and then PLEASE make a Donation to reflect that worth.
EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS!!!

Please send Donations to:


WALDO MINING DISTRICT
P.O. BOX 1574,
CAVE JUNCTION, OR 97523
(Please make Check or Money Order payable to Waldo Mining District)
(Please mark Check or Money Order for "Oregon Moratorium")


Or directly to our attorney at
:
James L. Buchal
Murphy & Buchal LLP
3425 SE Yamhill Street, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97214
(Please make Check or Money Order payable to Murphy & Buchal)
(Please mark Check or Money Order for "Oregon Moratorium")



MORE UPDATES COMING SOON . . .

PLAINTIFFS NEEDED


August 20, 2015: As we prepare to file we are seeking Individuals that believe their rights will be stolen by the Moratorium and are willing to be a Plaintiff.

We are looking for (preferably) the owners of placer mining claims (patented or unpatented) located on streams designated as ESH (or other special habitat) by the Oregon Dept. of State Lands (DSL) that actually mine their claims. Or people that own mineral rights on private lands that have been or want to mine their property.

Having had permits and length of claim ownership/property is a plus.

We need Plaintiffs from all across the state, and even Oregon claimowners living out of state are eligible. This is YOUR CHANCE to really help the cause, and it won't cost you a thing (except some time).


"CLICK HERE" for our POTENTIAL PLAINTIFF SURVEY

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