Court Orders Forest Service To Regulate Gold Mining in Salmon Streams

Oregon Public Broadcasting 6/1/2012
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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the Forest Service must strengthen its regulation of suction dredge gold mining and other small-scale mining operations, in salmon streams throughout the western United States.

In the past, smaller-scale recreational miners have been given access to federal forests to search for gold in stream gravels under a streamlined notification process. That process was in violation of the Endangered Species Act, the court ruled.  …”
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