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American Lands Access Association

In 1991, the President of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS) appointed a select committee to recommend ways to make the Federation more effectively responsive to the political challenges of increasing regulation and decreasing access to public lands that State and Federal Land Management agencies were imposing on amateur fossil and mineral collectors. The committee recommended that the AFMS form a separate 501(c)(4) organization whose primary purpose would be to promote the amateur collectors' interests in present and proposed policies, rules, regulations and legislation with State and Federal land managers, elected officials and legislators. In compliance with that recommendation, the AFMS directors voted to establish the American Lands Access Association (ALAA) in July 1992 at their convention in Brunswick, Ohio. The Association is a 501 (c)(4) (non-profit) organization which means that all moneys raised by the association can go toward lobbying activity. Donations and memberships to ALAA are not tax deductible.

The purpose of the Association is to promote and ensure the rights of amateur fossil and mineral collecting, recreational prospecting and mining, and the use of public and private lands for educational and recreational purposes ; and to carry the voice of all amateur collectors and hobbyists to our elected officials, government regulators and public land managers. 

Extracted from an article by Fred C. Schaefermeyer, (ALAA Vice President, retired in 1998)  

Land Use Policy

The AFMS Land Use Policy was adopted at the AFMS Annual Meeting at Port Townsend, WA., July 17, 2002 

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US Capital Building in Washing, DC

The US Capitol Building is the seat of the United States Congress, where Congress meets to write the laws of our nation.  This picture was taken on 5-9-2006.

Image Credit: Marty Hart