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post Jan 3 2007, 12:01 PM
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For those of you wondering exactly what "prospecting" would be defined as..............

Here is Colorado state gov's definition.

34-32-117 (2).
(12) "Prospecting" means the act of searching for or investigating a mineral deposit.
"Prospecting" includes, but is not limited to, sinking shafts, tunneling, drilling core and bore
holes and digging pits or cuts and other works for the purpose of extracting samples prior
to commencement of development or extraction operations, and the building of roads, access
ways, and other facilities related to such work. The term does not include those activities
which cause no or very little surface disturbance, such as airborne surveys and photographs,
use of instruments or devices which are hand carried or otherwise transported over the
surface to make magnetic, radioactive, or other tests and measurements, boundary or claim
surveying, location work, or other work which causes no greater land disturbance than is
caused by ordinary lawful use of the land by persons not prospecting. The term also does
not include any single activity which results in the disturbance of a single block of land
totaling one thousand six hundred square feet or less of the land's surface, not to exceed two such disturbances per acre; except that the cumulative total of such disturbances will not
exceed five acres statewide in any prospecting operation extending over twenty-four
consecutive months.


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post Oct 15 2009, 07:13 AM
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Great information Dan!

How about that it would be a great reference to print off and have in the field. wink.gif
Some of us cant quote laws and regs as good as others, but know its our right.
That way if any officials confront you about your activities, you can show them the print off
of their own handbooks/manuals, CFRs and the law.

It is their job to already know this information, but you would be surprised how many dont. There is even a directive in the handbooks that tells them as employees, they must know and use the pertanent mining laws, regulations etc when working with mining claims and the owners.
Its hard to argue with kind words and knowledgeable information, but they may try.

Everyone can also find more details on the CFRs, FSH(forest service handbook) and the USCs(United States code) in the
"Valuable References" section of the forums here.

Stay safe out there everyone, and happy prospecting!

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and participation opens the door to opportunity.

Discover your prospecting independence & success!

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- - ColoradoProspector   Thank you Denise, you are correct too. Most the in...   Oct 17 2009, 10:20 AM
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