"Cover Story" piece on prospecting for gold in Maine. About 1,000 recreational
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"Cover Story" piece on prospecting for gold in Maine. About 1,000 recreational gold seekers prospect Maine's rivers, most by hand, but about 100 use small, portable power suction dredges that can be purchased for about $1,000. Gold panning is allowed without a permit under existing Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) rules, but suction dredging is new and recent inquiries have caused LURC to focus on the activity for the first time. New rules being considered might ban prospecting in Class AA rivers and streams and in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, establish a season to protect landlocked salmon fry and other species, and require a permit. With a list of prospecting "hot spots" and comments by spokespeople representing LURC, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Natural Resources Council of Maine, the Maine Audubon Society, Trout Unlimited and Plum Creek Timber.
Austin, Phyllis, ""Cover Story" piece on prospecting for gold in Maine. About 1,000 recreational" (1999). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 3684.