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Be Responsible when Gold Prospecting: A Good Gold Panning Trip Means Cleaning Up

Howdy!  Today I thought I’d stress the importance and responsibility of treating our great outdoors with respect when you’re out on your next gold prospecting adventure!

First rule is:  pack it in, pack it out. Be considerate of not just others who enjoy the outdoors, but of nature itself.  Gold panning can turn into a day-long adventure and you’ll need to bring some basic supplies with you (food, water, etc.).  If you bring food and drinks and other necessities with you when you’re out gold panning, please collect any garbage you create and pack it out with you to an appropriate receptacle.  It’s important that you take with you what you bring in.  Hopefully, you’ll be taking some gold home with you too!
Also, most people don’t realize that miners and panners remove and correctly dispose of all sorts of trash and hazardous items they find in creeks and rivers.  Lead shot and lead fishing sinkers are just a couple of examples of unnecessary waste being taken out of our waterways by miners and gold prospectors.  When gold panning, many people find these items and responsibly take them away. 
So, when you go out to enjoy the outdoors and are gold panning, remember that you will not only have fun and, perhaps some luck, but you are setting an example.  Taking care of our wilderness when you’re gold panning means you’re letting everyone know that you and the gold panning community treat our natural resources with care and responsibility.
Always keep your pan in the water! Eureka! 

Rattlesnake Randy

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