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.

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


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.


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)



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


Court rejects stricter rules against lead bullets

Federal appeals court ruled against environmentalists who were trying to force the EPA to regulate spent bullets and lead shot.
Environmentalists don't win them all!!!




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Proposed Change to Clean Water Act Regulation Opens for Public Comment
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jointly proposed a rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA) in late March, and it has now been published in the Federal Register.
The goal is to define which waters, which could include small streams, ditches and wetlands, fall under the scope of the Clean Water Act. The 2014 proposed rule would replace the existing 2003 and 2008 guidance, and the comment period is open for 90 days until July 21 according to the EPA.
Items of concern:
-Tributaries of the above waters (more inclusive than current rules because “tributary” is newly and broadly defined); and
-All waters, including wetlands, adjacent to a water identified in the above categories (by including all adjacent waters, the proposal is more inclusive than current rules).
For more information, please refer to the Federal Register listing (April 25, 2014)


Oregon Dredgers protest proposed permit revisions
Miners say DEQ restrictions would unfairly bar them from Rogue over mercury issue. (April 22, 2014)


State Senators hold hearing exposing DOE’s abuse of citizenry and local government
Last Thursday, members of the Washington State Senate convened in Sumner to discuss the damaging effects of the Shoreline Management Act (SMA) on property rights. Of particular interest in this discussion was the role the Department of Ecology plays in the SMP update process.(April 21, 2014)


Swauk Pine Restoration Project
Landscape scale silvicultural treatments (thinning and burning)to improve resilience to disturbance, and stream and floodplain restoration at 66 sites.
Project includes road improvements, closure, relocation, and decommissioning.
Location is All or parts of the Cougar Gulch, Lion Gulch, and upper Williams Creek subdrainages in Swauk Creek Watershed.


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Meet us at our booth at the upcoming Gold and Gem Shows!


20th annual WPMA Gold, Gem and Mineral Show 2015
February 21 and 22
Monroe, WA


GPAA Gold & Treasure Show 2015
March 28 and 29
Portland, OR


16th annual NCWP Gold & Treasure Show 2015
April 11 and 12
Cashmere, WA


Olympia Gold and Treasure Show 2015 Application
June 20 and 21
Olympia, WA


Resources Coalition
Pacific Northwest
Miners Rally 2015
@ Liberty, Washington
August 21 thru 23


We hope to see you there!


Photo's from the 2012 PNW Miners Rally