We need help here. We got new rules that allow beach mining on our beaches late last fall and now the state parks dept. is calling a meeting in Montesano Wa at the city hall on Feb. 16th at 7pm, mainly at the request of costal groups because they say there was lack of public input before the rules were adopted. They anticipate there will be suggestions to amend the new rules and they're also trying to impose a $150 fee for the now free HPA permit required. We would like to see the rules be put under our existing Gold and Fish rules that now cover the rest of the state and eliminate the HPA permit. If you can't come to the meeting please email Lisa Lantz who is an enviornmental planner for the parks dept. at Lisa.Lantz@Parks.WA.GOV to express support for mining and the boost in tourism for our local depressed economies. Thanks, Doug.
PS: Be nice to Lisa as she has been good to us in the past. We've been about 8 years getting our beaches open for mining and we sure don't want to lose what we've gained or have more fees.