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    From SWOMA.
    Would not hurt to let them know they are being watched.
    As I do plan on going back to work. As John would say.........F* M*!!!

    USFS Terror: USFS Fails To Learn Their Lesson
    Readers will well remember the debacle in Placer County, California where employees of the United States Forest Service stole mining incident tools from California miner Mark Hepfner. USFS had no warrant for the gear, nor did they give Hepfner notice that his property was under threat. Criminal complaints filed by Hepfner with Placer County Sheriff's Department were ignored, as were legal notices to the United States Forest Service.
    Miners from around the country came to Hepfner's aid, promptly applying pressure to the United States Forest Service and the Placer County Sheriff's Department through varying tactics. Eventually, Congressman Tom McClintock's office intervened and after catching USFS in certain "little white lies", was able to force the United States Forest Service into returning Hepfner's property (minus the property they destroyed, of course). It also appears that the Placer County Sheriff's Department ignored Hepfner's criminal complaints for the simple fact that they supplied the helicopter that was used to steal Hepfner's property and had colluded with the USFS to commit theft and to deprive Hepfner of his rights.
    One would think that USFS District Ranger Chris Fischer would be a bit embaressed about all of this and would think twice about violating Hepfner's rights again. Instead, Fischer recently fired off a letter demanding that Hepfner "work with (his) office", insisting that "any mining activities, associated equipment or occupancy of National Forest System lands is prohibited" until Hepfner does so. In otherwords, Fischer is now prohibiting Mark Hepfner from enjoying his property rights, which are protected by the 1872 Mining Act and by the United States Constitution.
    Once again, we are requesting that miners come to Miner Hepfner's aid. Please call USFS District Ranger, Chris Fischer at: 530-367-2224 and tell him to stop violating the rights of miners. We also suggest that you contact the office of Congressman Tom McClintock at: (916) 786-5560 or (202) 225-2511 as well as Congressman Doc Hastings, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources: (202) 225-5816 and let them know what the United States Forest Service has been up to.

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    ran outta minutes trying to reach this fellow directly,can see why,no phone cord hanging outta there.whew,that guy needs to buy a gym membership.kudos hefty,ruff up them pontoons,put da camo to em.am switchin back ta green kanaflex myself,wish tigerflex came in mossyoak.and in god and sturm ruger i trust.FM

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    Some think that CJ Roberts is doing a stealth maneuver bo guarantee Obama's diselection, I ain't one of them. Every chance you get question the people running for any office on their opinion of the constitution. If they say it's a living doc. or we have moved beyond it, scratch them off the list they are big gov. socialist types. Only staunch constitutionalists need apply.

    Now back to prospecting.

    Gramps
    It is better to die fighting evil than to live under it.

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    Good for you Gramps.
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    Please remember there is no politics allowed............




    HERE IS THE THING ABOUT RIGHTS, THEY'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE VOTED ON, THAT IS WHY THEY CALL THEM RIGHTS!

    "If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." --Samuel Adams

    MY LIBERTY AND FREEDOMS ARE NOT YOURS TO GIVE OR TAKE!.......THEY DIDN'T MAKE US FREE, WE WERE BORN FREE, AS LONG AS WE HAVE THE 2ND AMENDMENT WE WILL REMAIN FREE!






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    What a laugh as even a young childs show like Sesame Street deals with political topics regularly. No skin offa my nose as to be political ya must have rights and we have lost ours wrongly........John

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    *************** WHAT YOU DO WITH THE FINDS YOU DIG UP IS YOUR BUSINESS AND NO ONE ELSES, IGNORE ANYONE ON A SOAPBOX TRYING TO PREACH OTHERWISE! **************

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    John, it is against the rules here to discuss politics or to post in a political fasion if it is not directly related to treasure hunting in some fashion.............

    “You may not.... Start a thread to specifically promote or discuss politics or religion or respond in a political or religious fashion to a post if it's not somehow tied to treasure hunting.”
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    HERE IS THE THING ABOUT RIGHTS, THEY'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE VOTED ON, THAT IS WHY THEY CALL THEM RIGHTS!

    "If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." --Samuel Adams

    MY LIBERTY AND FREEDOMS ARE NOT YOURS TO GIVE OR TAKE!.......THEY DIDN'T MAKE US FREE, WE WERE BORN FREE, AS LONG AS WE HAVE THE 2ND AMENDMENT WE WILL REMAIN FREE!






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    Thats good Treasure Hunter, We will just sit here and keep our mouths shut, while we loose all our rights to prospect.
    And when that happens, so ends the T-Net. You guys need to decide if you want to be politically correct or if you want to be men.
    I choose to be a man and standup for my rights and freedom.
    Nuff Said.
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    *************** WHAT YOU DO WITH THE FINDS YOU DIG UP IS YOUR BUSINESS AND NO ONE ELSES, IGNORE ANYONE ON A SOAPBOX TRYING TO PREACH OTHERWISE! **************

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    Greycloud, here is the thing, your comment that was deleted had nothing to do with this thread or with USFS issue at all, it was a political comment not releated to this thread at all.......... Political comments related to the thread have been left alone, any that are not related to treasure hunting will be deleted as per the rules......




    HERE IS THE THING ABOUT RIGHTS, THEY'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE VOTED ON, THAT IS WHY THEY CALL THEM RIGHTS!

    "If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." --Samuel Adams

    MY LIBERTY AND FREEDOMS ARE NOT YOURS TO GIVE OR TAKE!.......THEY DIDN'T MAKE US FREE, WE WERE BORN FREE, AS LONG AS WE HAVE THE 2ND AMENDMENT WE WILL REMAIN FREE!






    CLICK LINK BELOW TO READ OUR RULES..

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    Thanx for clarification, as a visitor in the tnet house I know I MUST adhere...but to lose all our mining rights,which I DO hold so dear,is indeed a vexing confounding situation as legal/right/science/rule of law and such is flushed down the toilet for green mania..... John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hefty1 View Post
    Let the games begin...... Again!

    Mon, June 18, 2012 2:47:13 PM




    From: "Fischer, Christopher -FS" <cfischer@fs.fed.us>

    View Contact
    Cc: "Barnett; Gary -FS" <gbarnett@fs.fed.us>; "Torres; Anthony W -FS" <awtorres@fs.fed.us>; "Wiese; Karen -FS" <kwiese@fs.fed.us>; "Madrigal; Tom -FS" <tmadrigal@fs.fed.us>; "Weaver; Rick -FS" <rweaver@fs.fed.us>... more

    Mr. Hepfner,
    As a reminder, in order to work your mining claim, you will need to have an approved Plan of Operation (POO). Please work with my office to get an authorized Plan of Operations for your mining activities at your earliest convenience. Until you have an approved plan, any mining activities, associated equipment or occupancy of National Forest System lands is prohibited.

    I look forward to hearing from you on this matter.
    Sincerely,
    Chris Fischer
    District Ranger
    American River Ranger District, Tahoe NF
    W: 530-478-6254 x238
    M: 530-906-2095
    cfischer@fs.fed.us

    Re: For Notice and Other Purposes of Your Last Email Threat. Date 6/29/2012
    Certified Mail _____ _____ _____ _____ _____
    Return Receipt Requested to the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture


    Notice to agent or employee, is Notice to superior.



    Christopher Fischer,

    In your email to me last, You asked me to “Please work with my office”.
    I cannot work with your office.
    a) You fraudulently assert authority’s you don’t have.
    b) You wrongfully deprived me of my property and rights without due process, or consultation, or the right to do so.
    c) You flout your own policies, the codes, and the law.
    d) Your office and law enforcement lie whenever it suits your needs.

    Most any of the commissions of the above are felonies under federal and state law. For instance, and not limited to, you know that when you violated my expectation of the honest administration of government you committed a felony under federal law. When you used your office to deprive me of the use and enjoyment of my property, that's a felony extortion under state law. How am I supposed to work with such a criminal band, Mr. Fischer.

    Further, when I recently picked up my stolen equipment from the American River Rangers District, ARRD work shop, in Foresthill, Ca. my helper was talking to a LEO there and told him we were taking the equipment right back down to the claim. The LEO asked, “Today”? My helper responded, “Yes, why not?” Then posed the question to the LEO, “Is there a law against that?” The LEO just walked away. This shows that there is no law against working my claim. So why are you fraudulently asserting that I need a POO to work the claim? Why isn't the law enforcements officer tacit agreement that there is no law you can use to stop my mining incident activity good enough for you that you continue your extortionate demands?

    But your email makes some other unsupportable references which I will have to clear up, whether or not there is ever a time I can work with your office. In your email you use the following terms which appear to imply some sort of continuing obligation on my part to some undisclosed authority on your part, for instance:

    1) “As a reminder,”
    Your use of the word “reminder” supposes a prior authority that I was obligated to, the orders from which I was required to subject myself. You know there is no such obligation or requirement as will be further discussed. I am not reminded of anything.

    2) “in order to work your mining claim”
    While identifying it is in fact my claim, and not the government's or yours, You challenge that I cannot work my mineral deposit claim. Where Congress has required that I work my discovery and have the implied right to work my claim, How is your imposition not a taking, and not an infringement of the grant conveying possessory title evidencing that I have exclusive enjoyment and use, including the entire surface within the limits of the claim, assertable even against the United States as your Forest Service Manual explains to you?
    a) Show cause, How my mineral deposit location was not restored to public domain, segregated from the forest reserve by operation of law, Act of 1897, and disposed to me and my determinations, exclusively, by operation of law, the mineral disposal acts of 1872 to 1865 and that this grant did not provide a complete authorization other than your approval to work my claim.
    b) Show cause how you are not acting contrary to the congressional mandate upon you by the FLPMA that “no provision of this section or any other section of this Act shall in any way amend the Mining Law of 1872 or impair the rights of any locators or claims under that Act.

    3) “Until you have an approved plan, any mining activities, associated equipment or occupancy,” “is prohibited”.
    Where I was working before without a plan of operations, your demand here now for a plan of operations appears to be retaliation and retribution for the trespass and theft of my property that was recently committed by your office, whereby you were caught and returned some of my property.
    a) Occupancy was granted to me under the mining laws, not subject to your authority, See # 2 above.
    b) This other authorization in the form of a congressional grant is not a special use delegated to your administrative management authority that you have discretion over. Show cause that it is.

    4) “is prohibited”
    As you know prohibition of a granted property is a facial takings of my granted property. It is also a fiduciary breach, a very serious crime. Show cause how your purported prohibition is
    a) Lawful,
    b) not an takings; and
    c) not a fiduciary breach.
    d) For the purposes of establishing jurisdiction between the district court and the United States Court of Claims, for unlawful takings, show cause further, how your action thus far are not torts.

    5) You use the phrase, “an approved plan of operations”.
    a) Show cause in the Act of 1872, the grant terms of which I am obligated to fulfill, where in that act is a Plan of Operations required?
    b) Show cause how my private mineral deposit claim is a major federal action subject to the NEPA.
    c) By the most extreme odds that you can show the NEPA applicable, produce the prerequisite Notice of Intent, and Environmental assessment the agency did from which any Plan would be based?
    d) Given you can show cause the lawful imposition of the NEPA upon my private property, admit you have the cart before the horse or show cause how you do not.

    6) “National Forest System lands”
    You fraudulently assert that my mineral deposit claim comprises “National Forest System lands” despite the removal of the segregated land by my discovery by operation of law. Where Congress has mandated a reservation of the minerals and land in the Organic Act of 1897, where it states, lands found valuable for minerals may be restored to the public domain and is by operation of law, and where the mining laws culminating in the Act of 1872, convey possessory title, including authority and jurisdiction, exclusively to me of the public domain so removed from the forest reservation, maintainable against the government grantor's interest, including you or the USFS, show cause how you haven’t committed a fraud to declare my private in-holding under the mining law of 1872, and 1897, is “National Forest System lands”?

    Until you show that my mineral deposit claim is other than the private in-holding within the forest reserve Congress granted, Your “prohibition” appears valid only upon land I do not possess or intend to work. Show cause this is not the fact.

    Because your letter implies official threat of action, however unlawful, You have 14 days to answer to the above identified frauds and other actions to show cause how you are not committing or have not committed any felony, tort, or taking, or acting or intending to act contrary to law as regards your last email and that you can definitively show contrary to your previous theft that you can lawfully proceed and have been doing so.

    It is up to you to make sure all get this notice. Everyone who you sent a CC of the below, the “Fischer, Christopher-FS” email to Mr Hepfner, shall return a response disclaiming their part in the apparent criminal actions taken against me by Mr. Fischer or the USFS, whether privately or officially, or be held to be aiding and abetting, or as accessories to the felonies Mr. Fishers commits or the harm caused by the fraudulent statements made or the actions taken knowingly, willfully, and intending to extort from me the exclusive use and enjoyment of the valuable mineral deposit property granted exclusively to me by Congress. There is no excuse. Not responding to tell me that you do not concur with the Actions of Mr. Fischer to expressly denounce those actions or omissions to act to adversely impact my rights and property contrary to law will bring you into liability as an accessory, if not worse.

    I look forward to hearing from you all on this matter.

    Mark Hepfner


    cc: Secretary of Agriculture.

    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    1400 Independence Ave, S.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20250

    cc: The office of Congressman McClintock
    428 Cannon HOB
    Washington, DC 20515













    From: "Fischer, Christopher -FS" <cfischer@fs.fed.us>
    View Contact
    To: linda rhodes <mygolddust@att.net>
    Cc: "Barnett, Gary -FS" <gbarnett@fs.fed.us>; "Torres, Anthony W -FS" <awtorres@fs.fed.us>; "Wiese, Karen -FS" <kwiese@fs.fed.us>; "Madrigal, Tom -FS" <tmadrigal@fs.fed.us>; "Weaver, Rick -FS" <rweaver@fs.fed.us>; "Tebbe, Mo -FS" <mtebbe@fs.fed.us>


    Mr. Hepfner,

    As a reminder, in order to work your mining claim, you will need to have an approved Plan of Operation (POO). Please work with my office to get an authorized Plan of Operations for your mining activities at your earliest convenience. Until you have an approved plan, any mining activities, associated equipment or occupancy of National Forest System lands is prohibited.

    I look forward to hearing from you on this matter.

    Sincerely,

    Chris Fischer
    District Ranger
    American River Ranger District, Tahoe NF
    W: 530-478-6254 x238
    M: 530-906-2095
    cfischer@fs.fed.us


    P.S..And lets not forget Chris Fischers own words.

    Release Date: Feb 5, 2009
    Contact:
    Chris Fischer,
    New District Ranger on American River District, TahoeNational Forest



    Foresthill — A native Californian from Sacramento, Chris Fischer is the new District Ranger on the American River Ranger District in the TahoeNational Forest. As District Ranger, Chris is the line officer responsible for managing the 235,000 acre American River District, east of Auburn in PlacerCounty.

    "I strongly support the mission of the Forest Service and look forward to leading the district, especially now, given the new challenges of urbanization and climate change. I grew up in Sacramento with the Tahoe in my backyard and love it—the beauty, abundance of recreation, and diversity of the forests. I am especially looking forward to working with the communities and sharing in their vision and goals for the National Forest. They have entrusted the management of these lands to the Forest Service and I feel a tremendous responsibility to manage the forests—their forests—to meet their desires. And I couldn’t ask for a nicer and more dedicated group of employees at the Ranger District in Foresthill. It has been a pleasure to get to know them,— stated Fischer.
    About Us - Mission


    Mission, Motto, Vision, and Guiding Principles

    Mission
    The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.
    Motto: Caring for the Land and Serving People
    The phrase, "CARING FOR THE LAND AND SERVING PEOPLE," captures the Forest Service mission. As set forth in law, the mission is to achieve quality land management under the sustainable multiple-use management concept to meet the diverse needs of people:
    Guiding Principles
    To realize our mission and vision, we follow these 13 guiding principles:

    • We use an ecological approach to the multiple-use management of the National Forests and Grasslands.
    • We use the best scientific knowledge in making decisions and select the most appropriate technologies in the management of resources.
    • We are good neighbors who respect private property rights.
    • We strive for quality and excellence in everything we do and are sensitive to the effects of our decisions on people and resources.
    • We strive to meet the needs of our customers in fair, friendly, and open ways.
    • We form partnerships to achieve shared goals.
    • We promote grassroots participation in our decisions and activities.
    • We value and trust one another and share leadership.
    • We value a multicultural organization as essential to our success.
    • We maintain high professional and ethical standards.
    • We are responsible and accountable for what we do.
    • We recognize and accept that some conflict is natural and we strive to deal with it professionally.
    • We follow laws, regulations, executive direction, and congressional intent.


    WHEN

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    I believe a standing Ovation for Mark is in order!!! Awesome Mark! It is just amazing the information and knowledge you've put together/gathered/formulated etc. in the course of suffering through this attack on you and your claim. I also find it astounding how blatently ignorant this Forest Service "Official" is about human rights, mining laws and common decency. In his own words versus his actions he has turned his back on "We the People" and along with others in the FS Community has turned into one real 'stinker'. (I cleaned that up as this forum is visited by younger and gentler folk)


    I feel the mining community must be watching this action evolve and are waiting to hear about the responses you receive from your most recent input to the ill informed.......63bkpkr
    Out searching w/GMT & friend under my arm

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    Fantasic letter Mark and cool minds do prosper. MOST important factoid to your letter is--laws mandate a answer within the perscribed time limits,14 days--forest circus constantly violates this mandate- and if they do NOT answer in a timely manner than by prescription and non compliance you are thusly legal in all you do as your letter DEFINATELY qualifyes(qualifies hahaha) as a valid NOI and good to go. The dance continues ........................................John
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    Just an aside....I don't mean to hijack this awesome thread, but this is all about politics. The current administration has implimented more than 10,000 regulations on it's own. No debate in the House or Senate. One branch dictating to us all.




    Quote Originally Posted by Treasure_Hunter View Post
    Please remember there is no politics allowed............
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