Resources Coalition


Mission Statement

The purposes and nature for which this corporation, a Washington State nonprofit charitable organization, is formed are:


Our mission is to bring about a consensus on the usage of public land through education and respect for private property without endangering the basic freedoms of our country. We have the right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" as part of our heritage and access to a variety of usages on private and public lands is part of this right.


Who are we, and what are we about?

  • Resources Coalition came out of the small scale mining community and our goal is a balanced approach to use of our natural resources.
  • We strive to protect our rights, those that made our country great.

Gold Vs. Salmon

by Nils Cowan KCTS 9 | Dec. 21, 2015
From August 2015 the video and story was to air on a program called In Close KCTS 9 Seattle.
It has been released as a production of Earthfix which is a media partnership of KCTS 9. It is mostly fair and balanced which is what we hoped for when we agreed to participate.
Enjoy and remember that it is only through your involvement that we may keep ability to use our public lands!
Gold Vs. Salmon: Fish Advocates And Miners Face Off In Rural Washington
Video on Youtube


WDFW invites comments on permit program that protects fish

December 21, 2015
Jeff Davis, assistant director of WDFW’s Habitat Program, said the department welcomes comments on recent updates to those rules, efforts to streamline the permitting process, and other aspects of the HPA program. Link to WDFW's news release
Email comments here through April 15, 2016 for developing its recommendations for the 2017 Legislative Session: WDFW HPA Program Ideas


Miners Making the Rules and Regulations?

Minerals & Mining Advisory Council (MMAC)
The Miners Declaration of Independance
The Council’s mission is; 1: Bring together all the groups and organizations that are fighting for the same thing. 2: Organize, modernize, institute and Unify all Nation-Wide Mining Districts. 3: Minerals and Mining to be recognized as Federal Mineral Grantees and Federal Public Land Stakeholders. 4: To recognize the Federal Mining Districts.
Strength is in harmonious numbers committed to the same beliefs.
Minerals & Mining Regulatory Reform Act – A Clear Path Respecting Mining Rights
Please visit their website to see how you can play a part in protecting your rights!


Request by the James Unsworth, Director, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Opinion Docket No. 15-12-10: The Attorney General’s Office seeks public input on the following opinion request. If you are interested in commenting on this request, you should notify the Attorney General’s Office of your interest by January 13, 2016.
1. Does RCW 77.55 (the Hydraulic Code) limit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's (WDFW) Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) jurisdiction to activities being conducted at or below the Ordinary High Water Line?
2. If the Hydraulic Code does not so limit HPA jurisdiction, what conditions must be present for the Hydraulic Code to authorize WDFW's approval jurisdiction on activities that occur above the Ordinary High Water Line?
Letter in PDF format


Rep. Gael Tarleton chosen as Majority Floor Leader in state House

December 3, 2015 - The Majority Floor Leader is primarily responsible for coordinating the floor debate and the passage of bills during the legislative session.
Tarleton will continue to serve as the vice chair of the House Technology & Economic Development Committee as well as a member of the House Transportation and Rules Committees. The 2016 legislative session, slated to last 60 days, begins January 11.
More Information


Washington State Legislative session begins January 11, 2016

We need to keep an eye out for any bill that may be introduced as in the past couple years designed to eliminate suction dredging in Washington State...
We know that there are still those working to get us out of the water!
Washington State Legislature Pre-filed Bills



Posted on Friday, December 04, 2015
Despite a surge of opposition in recent weeks, legislation to adopt the Yakima Basin Plan has been passed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, a milestone for a concerted planning effort that has been underway since 2009.
More Information


Tucson’s Center For Biological Diversity Continues Sue And Settle Campaign

November 27, 2015
The state of California has offered to pay $350,000 to a coalition of environmental groups, including the Karuk Tribe and Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity, to drop a lawsuit over the California Department of Fish & Wildlife’s 2012 suction dredge mining regulations,according to Public Lands for the People.
This stuff needs to stop!!! Sue And Settle Campaign



It's All About The Money? Sue And Settle Campaigns!

For Immediate Release, November 20, 2015
Conservation, Fishing Groups Move to Join Lawsuit to Protect Oregon From Gold Mining Impacts
Groups Defend Restrictions on Mining Practices Harmful to Salmon, Waterways, Wildlife
Who are they?
Here's who: Center for Biological Diversity, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, Rogue Riverkeepers, Cascadia Wildlands and more!
Center for Biological Diversity News Release


10 Million acres to be withdrawn!!!

Comment period ends 01/15/2016
The BLM filed an application requesting the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management to withdraw, subject to valid existing rights, approximately 10 million acres of BLM-managed public and National Forest System lands located in the States of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming from location and entry under the United States mining law, but not from leasing under the mineral or geothermal leasing or mineral materials laws.
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2015 PNW Miners Rally

The 2015 PNW Miners Rally in Liberty, Washington went off well in spite of the Emergency Drought Restrictions that went into effect just a few days before the event, which limited our ability to demonstrate small scale prospecting equipment . Crowds came in spurts and due to the current wildfires occurring in central Washington state and the air quality was at times very bad!
Our hats are off to those courageous men and women fighting to stop the devastation being wreaked on the families and businesses in our great state! Monies were collected at this event to donate to the firefighting efforts.
Invitations were sent to our state Senators, Representatives, and supporting staff and families. We understand that the smoky conditions and other commitments was probably an issue. Special thanks go out to State Senator Pam Roach of the 31st Legislative District for attending with her family, we hope that they enjoyed the event and took away a positive perspective of the small scale mineral prospecting and mining community as a result!


Click the "Slideshow" link below to see photos from the 2015 PNW Miners Rally:
WARNING - Contains photos of recently found large local Gold Nugget's found in the vicinity of Liberty, Washington!!!
You may find yourself drooling on your keyboard...






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Review of the 2015 Gold & FishPamphlet

By Dennis Petersen (7/02/15)
Washington State 2015 Gold and Fish Pamphlet Review



Study: Anglers’ Catch-And-Release Revival Techniques Shown To Not Always Benefit Fish
The Columbia Basin Bulletin: Posted on Friday, June 26, 2015 (PST)
Fish and Wildlife News Bulletin

Resources Coalition to Fish Not Gold, Catch-And-Release related


SSB 5705 - 2015-16

Establishing a mineral prospecting and mining advisory committee.
Mar 18 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 8:00 AM. (Subject to change)
This is important so that we have a place at the table when it comes to decisions that will affect the small scale mining community!
If you can makes an appearance to show your support, it goes a long way...
That is how we helped to defeat HB 1162!
SENATE BILL REPORT SSB 5705 As Passed Senate, March 4, 2015
SB 5705 - 2015-16 History


Fish consumption rule proposed for Washington state

Gov. Inslee is proposing to address toxics that enter the environment from unregulated everyday sources, such as consumer products
Ecology will hold public hearings about the proposed water quality standards on March 3 in Spokane, March 4 in Yakima, and March 12 in Lacey.
Online participation is possible during the March 12 public hearings.
Submit comments about the proposed water quality standards in writing by midnight March 23, 2015.
•Mail: Cheryl Niemi, Washington Department of Ecology, Water Quality Program, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia WA 98504-7600
details about the proposed rule and the public hearings on Ecology’s rule-making website


HB 1162 is dead in the 2015-16 legislative session!

We want to express our gratitude to all of the hard working members of the small scale mining community who put out an excellent effort to defeat this bad bill.
We must remain vigilant, there will be more of this to come, unfortunately for all of our western states the cancer continues.


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Republicans Introduce Bill Based On The Idea That Environmentalists Caused California’s Drought

ThinkProgress: by Katie Valentine Posted on June 26, 2015 at 12:06 pm
Environmentalists Caused California’s Drought



San Bernardino Superior Court, Case No. JCPDS4720
Judge Keeps Ban on Suction Dredge Gold Mining
Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - CA, June 25, 2015


Greens Fight Dredging of San Francisco Bay

Courthouse News Service: By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM
Maintenance Dredging of the Federal Navigation Channels in San Francisco Bay, Fiscal Years 2015-2015


Native American Fish & Wildlife Society Announces Resolution Supporting Tribal Efforts to Reduce Lead Ammunition

DENVER, CO, U.S., June 30, 2015 /
Approved Resolution Promotes Safer Environment for Wildlife and People on Tribal Lands


Big Victory in California over Suction Dredge Moratorium

Judge Gilbert Ochoa's ruling January 12, 2015 in San Bernardino on the issue of Federal Preemption.
"On its motions for summary adjudication, the Court finds there is no triable issue of material fact on the issue of Federal Preemption and that as a matter of law and in actual fact, that the State's extraordinary scheme of requiring permits and then refusing to issue them whether and/or being unable to issue permits for years, stands 'as an obstacle to the accomplishment of the full purposes and objectives of Congress' under Granite Rock and a de facto ban."
California gold miners score another win over state (The Sacramento Bee |
Suction Gold Dredge Miners WIN on Federal Preemption! (ICMJ)