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There seems to be a lot of misinformation and confusion regarding public BLM land, mining claims, and public access to BLM Land on YouTube. I have to answer the same questions over and over again, and I thought it would be a great time to educate the public on public land. I will just link them here to this thread when they say something silly about public BLM land. Feel free to jump right into the conversation. I will attach different documents to this thread, and if you have any more to attach, please do so. The most common misconception I see on YouTube regarding BLM and Mining Claims is that owning a mining claim (unpatented), makes it private land. Here was a comment from this morning: 001DesertRat As many here already know, owning a mining claim and paying the small annual fee does not grant one exclusive access to the land. Here is a quote from the attached BLM document, that you can also find here: To put it another way: The next misconception is that a mining claim owner can keep people off their land. Again, according to the BLM: BLM Mission Statement: Patented mining claims are no longer public land. Once they are patented, they become 100% private land. They do not show up as being owned by the BLM. E-BAY WARNING NOTICE msg.pdf BLMInfoPacket.pdf