Gold miner Cliff Tracy agrees to stop mining on Galice Creek in southwest Oregon

Published: Friday, June 24, 2011, 9:00 AM     Updated: Sunday, June 26, 2011, 12:15 PM
 By Scott Learn, The Oregonian

Southwest Oregon gold miner Clifford R. Tracy agreed Thursday in U.S. District Court to not return to the site along Galice Creek where he was charged with illegal mining. 

He also agreed not to mine on public land without the court's written permission. The sensitive salmon stream is on U.S. Bureau of Land Management property. 

This is the second time Tracy was charged with illegal mining. In 2009, Tracy was convicted of illegally mining on Forest Service land along Sucker Creek, like Galice home to Oregon coastal coho salmon, which are listed under the Endangered Species Act. He has applied to mine that same spot again. 

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Webmaster note: Contrary to the terminology used in this article, there is no such thing as "Bureau of Land Management property" or "Forest Service land". BLM and USFS are management agencies ONLY and do not own property. They work for US and manage OUR Public Lands. As well, the idea that anyone requires a court's permission to engage in mining is an attack on mining rights everywhere and an abuse of power as the "right to mine" is a Congressionally granted right.


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