In A Nutshell here is the gold prospecting regulations information provided on the Dept of Mines and Petroleum site Your Rights and Obligations while Prospecting on Crown Land ; “Rights and Obligations on Crown Land As a holder of a Miner’s Right you should make contact with pastoralists and other occupiers of Crown land and notify them of your intention to: While permission to prospect on Crown land is not generally required you should take all reasonable and practical steps to give the pastoralist prior notification in order to ascertain whether your presence will interfere with the pastoralist’s activities.

Exception occurs should you wish to prospect close to specified areas that are listed under the Act, including watering holes, dwellings and cultivated lands.

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In these cases, consent is required and for your own protection this should be in writing. Further information on prospecting on pastoral leases and other occupied Crown land can be obtained from Information Pamphlet No 5, Prospecting, exploration, mining on pastoral leases. If in doubt you should make enquiries with the nearest Mining Registrar’s Office.

These offices can also provide you with the contact details of pastoralists, upon request” Section 40E Permit Formerly Section 20a Permit Gold Prospecting Permits When you apply for a Section 40E Gold Prospecting Permit a copy of the permit is provided with the address of the pastoral leaseholder included.

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You need to send a copy of the permit to the pastoral leaseholder which is a condition of the Section 40E approval. The written section about Section 40E Permits starts on page It will guide you through the process step by step. Download some free letters that you can use at this page Request Permission to Metal Detect.

Email I am at least 16 years of age. Thankfully, technology finally caught up with our gold fever and brought us metal detectors! Minor amounts of placer gold have been produced in Washington on the Columbia and Snake Rivers and their tributaries.

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The preserved woods have been used to make cabochons, table tops, pen bases, and other objects of art. Deposits in the State also furnish a selection of agates that include moss, blue, and carnelian. The blue agate from Kittitas County, known as Ellensburg Blue, is highly prized by local lapidaries.