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The San Joaquin Valley Lapidary Society is located in Bakersfield, California. We are a group of rock hounds dedicated to the sharing of knowledge about the lapidary arts. We meet weekly for workshops in lapidary, silversmith, and wire wrapping/beading. We were founded in 2005, and are incorporated as a 501 (c) 3. Part of our focus is education, and offer a program for area elementary school 4th and 6th graders that supplements their geology studies.

San Joaquin Valley Lapidary Society

San Joaquin Valley Lapidary Society

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


     This is from the Oxnard Gem and Mineral club and concerns the Lavic siding collecting area outside of Barstow.  I (Sally Larsen) also called the Barstow BLM field office and spoke to Katrina Symons about two weeks ago and was told about the same information. We had a SJVLS club trip there, and after calling we went on the trip. We have been holding off on future club trips because of an uncertainty about the status. Perhaps this clears it up. I hope so.
     Bob Driskell with the Oxnard Club posted this and I received it on my Facebook. Sally Larsen, President SJVLS 2016
     Bob Driskell: “I just got off the phone with Barstow BLM ((760) 252-6000), and then Moreno Valley BLM ((916) 978-4400) which I have been told is the main office for southern California.
I started by calling Barstow four times last Friday, …and Katrina Symons, the Manager at the Barstow location called me back...She was very open and candid with information about our collecting places out in the Lavic area. As a matter of fact, she and her team are responsible for crafting a white paper (FAQ of sorts) for the tentative new set of rules that come with Monument status. Here is what I found out:

Rock and mineral collecting has not changed, and more than likely will not change (Yippee!)
Collecting relics, fossils or any other culturally impactful material is prohibited
Travelling across fresh ground, off of existing roads is prohibited (our normal routes are fine)

     From what I (Bob) understand the exact boundaries are not set at this time, but we all have a general understanding (based on the several maps floating around the internet) of where the new Monument areas are located. From what I gathered during the conversation, the final completed plan will be chartered in three years' time, which gives us ample time to engage and provide input.
     We have not lost our favorite places, and we need to be sure we not only engage with the governing bodies to keep our access, but we also need be sure we protect and preserve what we have.”


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