Meetings

Guests are always welcome at our meetings!  They are held on the first Wednesday of the month (excluding holidays) at 7:30 PM at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center (map below).  The format includes an educational presentation, followed by refreshments, and a short business meeting.

Dresden Green Diamond

March 7, 2018

Green Diamonds

For the Irish in us all, Louisa Carey will be presenting on the beauty of Green Diamonds, Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7:30 pm, at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks Room, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard.

Come find out how Green diamonds got their color and more.

 

 

 

March 3 & 4 2018

The Ventura Gem & Mineral Society’s 55th Annual Gem , Mineral, Fossil & Lapidary Show is coming to the Ventura County Fairgrounds (10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura), on Sat., March 3 (10AM – 5PM) and Sun., March 4 (10AM – 4PM).

There are going to be beautiful displays, the annual Country Store & Plant Sale, silent auctions and a raffle for great prizes, kids activities, demonstrators showing rock cutting and jewelry-making techniques, and all sorts of dealers selling rocks, fossils, minerals, jewelry, and lapidary arts supplies. Entrance to the show is free, although there is a $5 parking fee imposed by the fairgrounds.  More info at www.vgms.org

 

 Joshua Tree National Park Association

The Desert Institute offers classes for adult learners in cultural history, natural science, survival skills, desert naturalist studies, women’s programs, citizen science, and creative arts. All programs are taught by expert instructors who provide a personal and fun learning experience on these educational adventures.  Some of these classes offer college credit.

February 16 – 18 – Rocks & Minerals of the Joshua Tree National Park
March 3 – Geology of Amboy Crater
April 7-8 – Geology of the Mojave National Preserve
April 21 – Geology of the Mable Mountains
April 28 -29 Advanced Mammal Tracking in Joshua Tree National Park

 

The Bureau of Land Management has announced an effort to review the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. To hear from members of the public, the agency has announced public meetings. We encourage all our members to attend the meetings.

To read the press release about the reconsideration of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, please click here. https://www.blm.gov/california/BLM-to-consider-changes-desert-renewable-energy-conservation-plan

Some Rockhounding areas may be in Jeopardy – Please try to attend one of these meetings to make the voice of the Rockhound be heard!  If you do not speak up, no one will hear your voice!

This effort could boost access to wind, solar, and other renewable energy resources……………

PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULE

The Bureau of Land Management will host eight public scoping meetings in the process to consider amending three land use plans that underlie the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. The BLM invites members of the public to attend meetings at the following dates and locations:

Monday, February 26, 2018
5pm – 7pm
Lone Pine Film History Museum
701 S Main St, Lone Pine, CA 93545

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
5pm – 7pm
Kerr-McGee Community Center
100 W. California Ave, Ridgecrest, CA 93555

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
5pm – 7pm
Courtyard Marriott
9619 Mariposa Rd. Hesperia, CA 92345

Thursday, March 1, 2018
6pm – 8pm
Joshua Tree Community Center
6171 Sunburst Ave, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Friday, March 2, 2018
3pm – 5pm
Fairfield Inn & Suites
503 E Danenberg Dr, El Centro, CA 92243

Monday, March 5, 2018
1pm – 3pm
DoubleTree Hotel
2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, CA 95815

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
5pm – 7pm
Bakersfield Field Office
3801 Pegasus Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93308

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
5pm – 7pm
UC Riverside, Palm Desert Center, Auditorium
75080 Frank Sinatra Dr., Palm Desert, CA 92211

On Feb. 2, the BLM issued a Notice of Intent initiating a 45-day public scoping period on the DRECP, which covers about 10.8 million acres of BLM-managed public land.  On September 14, 2016, the BLM issued the Record of Decision for the DRECP land use plan amendment. Additional information about the public comment period is located at:  www.blm.gov/california/DRECP.

The public is encouraged to provide input on how land designations identified as part of the DRECP process might affect development of solar, wind or other renewable energy resources. The comments will be used to help set the parameters, or scope, of the review of the land use plans.

The public scoping meetings provide the public an opportunity to talk to resource specialists and submit written comments in person.  Comments may also be submitted until March 22, 2018, to the BLM-California State Director, 2800 Cottage Way, Rm W-1623, Sacramento, CA 95825, or electronically to BLM_CA_DRECP@blm.gov.

The planning area covers approximately 22.6 million acres of both federal and non-federal land in seven counties: Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego.  The BLM will consider amendments to the California Desert Conservation Area, the Bakersfield Resource Management Plan, and the Bishop Resource Management Plan.

 

Death Valley National Park Fossil Thieves

$1,000 Reward – Death Valley National Park

Fossil Thieves stole several fossilized footprints, which had been left in a lakebed by mammals and birds, were missing. Now, Ryan F. Mandelbaum reports for Gizmodo, the National Park Service is asking for the public’s help in identifying a group of backpackers who may have information on the ancient tracks.  In a statement, the National Park Service released the photos of three men who might have witnessed the crime or have knowledge about the disappearance of the footprints. Investigators are offering an award of up to $1000 “for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of those responsible,” the statement reads. According to Mandelbaum, investigators are planning to interview visitors who frequented the Park at the time of theft, in the hopes that someone will be able to provide valuable clues.

Destroying—or pilfering—the property of national parks is prohibited by law. “It’s illegal to collect fossils, rocks, or anything else in National Parks,” Park Superintendent Mike Reynolds said in a statement about the fossil thefts. “The purpose of National Parks is to conserve the landscape and everything it contains for the next generation. I ask that visitors come and enjoy all there is to see, and to leave it unimpaired for others to enjoy.”

The National Park Service has asked anyone with information about the stolen fossils to call the Investigative Services Branch at 1-888-653-0009.

The Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society meets at the:

Oxnard Performing Arts Center
Thousand Oaks Room
800 Hobson Way
Oxnard, California 93030