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afmsxl.gif (3878 bytes)A large measure of the enjoyment of our hobby consists of collecting in the field. For that reason, the members are proud to endorse the following:

"Code of Ethics"

bulletI will respect both private and public property and will do no collecting on privately owned land without permission from the owner.
bulletI will keep informed on all laws, regulations or rules governing collecting on public lands and will observe them.
bulletI will, to the best of my ability, ascertain the boundary lines of property on which I plan to collect.
bulletI will use no firearms or blasting material in collecting areas.
bulletI will cause no willful damage to property of any kind such as fences, signs, buildings, etc.
bulletI will leave all gates as found.
bulletI will build fires only in designated or safe places and will be certain they are completely extinguished before leaving the area.
bulletI will discard no burning material - matches, cigarettes, etc.
bulletI will fill all excavation holes which may be dangerous to livestock.
bulletI will not contaminate wells, creeks, or other water supplies.
bulletI will cause no willful damage to collecting material and will take home only what I can reasonably use.
bulletI will practice conservation and undertake to utilize fully and well the materials I have collected and will recycle my surplus for the pleasure and benefit of others.
bulletI will support the rockhound project H.E.L.P. (Help Eliminate Litter Please) and will leave all collecting areas devoid of litter, regardless of how found.
bulletI will cooperate with field-trip leaders and those in designated authority in all collecting areas.
bulletI will report to my club or federation officers, Bureau of Land Management or other authorities, any deposit of petrified wood or other materials on public lands which should be protected for the enjoyment of future generations for public educational and scientific purposes.
bulletI will appreciate and protect our heritage of natural resources.
bulletI will observe the "Golden Rule", will use Good Outdoor Manners and will at all times conduct myself in a manner which will add to the stature and Public Image of Rockhounds everywhere.

Revised July 7, 1999 at the AFMS Annual Meeting


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