Wild Weeds

      There are a lot of reasons to collect rocks, but generally they fall into two large categories: hobby collection of interesting specimens and gathering of rocks to be used in landscaping. For the most part collecting rocks out in the desert here in California is permitted on public lands, although there are some restrictions to keep in mind. First of all, collecting rocks on National Park land and other specially designated sites administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is against the law. Secondly, collecting something that may be reasonably construed as being a relic is a violation of the Antiquities Act of 1906. Also it's not advisable to collect rocks on mine claims, although often it is difficult to identify the exact boundaries of mine claims and whether or not the claim is still active and valid. Keeping these restrictions in mind, you should feel free to collect to your heart's content providing that only reasonable quantities are collected, only hand tools are used, and you fill any holes that you create.


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Rocks are solid, rocks are hard
Rocks are scattered all around my yard
I've got rocks all over the place
Some look they came from outer space

Anyone can see that I'm a collector
No need for some certified inspector
When out on a hike I'm always on alert
For that perfect little rock, wherever it may lurk

Rocks around the planter, rocks in a pile
Rocks lined up in single file
Large, small, sharp, and colorful too
When it comes to rocks, I've got quite a few

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