Rules and Regulations

These rules and regulations are as adopted by the Board on July 11, 1983,
and may be altered or amended from time to time by the Board.

(Revised 7-24-2021) 

These rules and regulations are as adopted by the Board of Directors, on July 11, 1983, and maybe altered or amended from time to time by the Board of Directors.
Commonsense consideration from each member for the rights of the general membership must be observed. Each of us needs to conduct ourselves in a way that extends ordinary courtesy to other members and guests.

GENERAL CONDUCT – Public drunkenness, profanity, excessive noise, and other such behavior is prohibited. No member will threaten another member in any way. While on club claims members are required to wear either a Life Membership badge or the annual colored badge with a current year’s sticker. Members will also display one or more of the following: the round club decal in the window of their vehicle, a bumper sticker or a Roadrunner license plate. Members and guests will abide by Federal, State, and local laws and the RRPC rules and regulations.

DISTRIBUTION OF MATERIALS – The distribution of any written material or solicitation of any type shall be prohibited at any Roadrunner Club function without prior written approval by the Board of Directors. Violations of this regulation shall be enforced by ARTICLE III SECTION 3C of the Club Bylaws.

FIREARMS – The reckless or negligent use of firearms is prohibited.

DEFACING PROPERTY – Willful defacing of property is prohibited.

CAMPING LIMITS – There is a 14-day stay limit within any 28-day period. Please consult the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) website for further information.

FIRE – Fire regulations must always be observed. All internal combustion engines shall have an approved spark arrestor.

TRASH AND SANITATION – As we are good stewards of the land, please remember to pack out more than you have packed in. This includes all cigarette butts and trash. Use your shovel as your toilet tool; away from the general camping areas and trails. Bury waste no less than 6-inches deep. Dismantle your fire ring and make sure the fire is completely extinguished. Do not leave fires unattended.

GUESTS – Guests may prospect alongside a member, and must only use that member’s prospecting equipment, for a maximum of (3) days. After that, guests must join the Club to continue prospecting our claims.

PETS – All dogs on claims will always be on a leash no longer than 10-feet.

EQUIPMENT – The use of explosives, chemicals, tractors, dozers, and backhoes are prohibited by individual members. Dredge size is limited to three inches on all Prescott National Forest claims where dredging is allowed. One exception is an allowance for members whose names are on the Forest Service’s 1996 grandfathered list, who may use four (4) inch dredges. Four-inch dredges are allowed on claims located on BLM-controlled lands. Organized club digs utilizing backhoes are permitted by the BLM with an approved Notice of Intent (NOI). The total amount of dredges on any one claim in Prescott National Forest, must not exceed six (6) at any one time.

REMOVAL OF MATERIAL FROM CLAIMS – Members are allowed to remove up to one fivegallon bucket per day of concentrates from the claim they are working on. Under no circumstances are they allowed to remove any amount of unprocessed material from the claims.

PLANS OF OPERATION – Members shall prospect and mine in accordance with the approved Plans of Operation. Plans of Operation will be available upon request. No member will prospect on RRPC claims prior to the release of the claim map and appropriate documentation in our newsletter.

OBSTRUCTIONS AND HAZARDS – Individuals creating obstructions or hazards are responsible for remediation of the area to a usable and safe condition. All mining areas (holes or otherwise) must be backfilled when leaving the area. Claiming areas on a claim and leaving the area unattended is prohibited. Temporary structures, such as pop-up canopies must be dismantled when leaving the area. All prospecting equipment including buckets must be removed when leaving the claim. Any equipment left unattended can be confiscated by the claims inspectors. Equipment will be held at the club office for one (1) month prior to disposal. Per Roadrunner Prospectors’ Club, Inc. By-Laws, ARTICLE III SECTION 5C. the RRPC Board of Directors shall be empowered with authority to levy fines upon any member who does not abide by RRPC Rules and Regulations including our Plans of Operation, Notices of Intent to Operate, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 (Clean Water Act), and the act of leaving unfilled prospecting sites/holes on RRPC claims. Such action by a member places RRPC in
jeopardy of forfeiting all, or part of a bond, on a specific claim if the governing entity must perform reclamation work. If there is no bond on such a claim, we can still be faced with costs of reclamation by the BLM or the Forest Service. The RRPC’s Board has authority to levy fines against any member who digs and leaves work area/holes unfilled when leaving the claim; equal to the estimated cost of reclamation for a specific area based upon guidelines as set by the BLM in their BLM 3809 Reclamation Cost Estimator. The member will be provided an opportunity to reclaim a specific area before any fine is levied, and after review and approval by the Board, the matter will be considered closed. If a member disagrees with reclamation, then that member has the right to appeal the Board’s fine by submitting a written request followed by an appearance before the Board. If the levied fine is upheld by the Board and the member refuses to perform reclamation of a specific area and refuses to accept the fine, his or her membership may be revoked by a majority vote of the Board.

MINING AREAS – Members will be expected to observe common courtesy in the use of their mining equipment and the selection of their mining site. For your safety and the preservation of the desert plants, there will be no undermining of trees or tunneling into banks. At all times members are expected to prospect safely.