The General Mining Law of 1872 , 30 U.S.C. §§ 2154, 611615, as amended, is the principal law governing locatable minerals on federal lands. The GML affords US citizens the opportunity to explore for, discover and purchase certain valuable mineral deposits on federal lands open for mineral entry.
Gold and Fish pamphlet. Mineral prospecting and placer mining activities in or near water qualify as hydraulic projects and require a permit . The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife regulates some of these activities through the Gold and Fish pamphlet . People who operate within the rules of the Gold and Fish ...
If you want to conduct mineral prospecting or mining activities at different times or locations, or with different equipment than allowed in this pamphlet, you must apply for a separate, written HPA. Please refer to the Department of Ecology mineral prospecting website to see if your proposed activity is in an allowed area.
The General Mining Act of 1872 is a United States federal law that authorizes and governs prospecting and mining for economic minerals, such as gold, platinum, and silver, on federal public lands. This law, approved on May 10, 1872, codified the informal system of acquiring and protecting mining claims on public land, formed by prospectors in California and Nevada from the late 1840s through the 1860s, such as during the California Gold Rush .
the mining laws, because such lands carry rights and liabilities appropriate to mineral exploitation, which are unique. It is beyond the scope of this bulletin to in clude all details of the history of Federal land pol icy, but in those instances in which the history is particularly significant, or is essential to an under
eral mining laws as supplemented by the mining laws of the State of Washing ton, and is to the State of Washington. The mining laws of the other western states are in most respects substantially the same as those of Washing ton. Special state laws govern as to state owned lands. See Index, State owned lands.