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Bob

BLM Land Access, Mining Claims, Etc.

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That's one problem when dealing with government bureaucrats - so few people actually understand the big picture.  They may sometimes give you technically accurate - but wholly useless - information, and other times they are just plain uninformed and wrong. 

That, and you don't want to get shot. 

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Well this has turned interesting as my last visit in April dealt with BLM in Eastern Washington.  Decided to give the new knees a work out and did some hiking to get a good view on a couple of photos.  Needless to say, no signs posted, but i got investigated within minutes!  I had little problem explaining the situation when they saw a camera hanging around the neck, instead of a gun hanging from the shoulder! But I'm also in the vote, I'd love to go to the County Sheriff's office, but I'm not convinced I would be treated fairly with the information I'd be seeking....what IS private, and what IS BLM....  In the meantime, the visit was great...however, I never do get all the items crossed off the list!  Both shots are taken east of Sprague Washington; you can BARELY make out Steptoe Butte in the distance....Ma Nature wasn't exactly stellar...what else is new...

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What *is* private and what *is* public/BLM is a matter of public record, available at the relevant county recorder's office.  I mean, it's not like there's a conspiracy to secretly alter parcel/APN information in the various county offices.  Finding the information might be a challenge, since the PLSS is such an arcane and difficult system to work with at times, but the information is there.  It's more a question of how much time you want to put into the research. 

 

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