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Washington Prospectors Mining Association

   The Washington Prospectors Mining Association (WPMA)
   is the largest non-profit small scale mining association
   in the State of Washington.

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 The best information for the small scale mineral prospecting and mining community is on the Resources Coalition Website. If you need help in obtaining an individual HPA, scroll down their page to where it says "So you want to work outside the Gold & Fish pamphlet" where you will find the  recommended verbiage for completing a Joint Aquatics Resource Permit Application (JARPA) which you can download from the State Site.

Ocean Beach Mineral Prospecting Permit: For those interested in mining on the Ocean beachs. The link will open to the New Application form.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Gold and Fish Book: PDF file of the latest version of the Gold and Fish Book. You can request a copy from WDFW by calling (360)902-2534.  Please read and understand the rules. If you have any questions please ask other members to help clarify any areas that you would like to learn more about.

Upcoming events and Outings: 

Come join the fun. Help educate the public and make new friends. If you have an outing contact Webmaster with details and it will be added to this list of Events.

  • Feb 22 & 23; WPMA Gold Gem & Mineral Show, Evergreen State Fairgrounds
  • March 29 & 30; Mt Baker Rock & Gem Club Gem and Mineral Show; Bloedel-Donovan Park
  • Aril 12 & 13; NCWP Gold & Treasure Show, Chelan County Expo, Cashmere
  • April 26 & 27; West Seattle Rock Club Annual Rock Show; Alki Masonic Temple
  • May 10 & 11; GPAA Gold & Treasure Show; Puyallup Fairgrounds.
  • May 24 thru 26; Outing on Uncle Buds & Northwest No Name
  • July 23 thru 28; Outing on Slate Creek Claims
  • August 22-24; PNW Miners Rally, Liberty, Wa
  • September 2014 Frazier River Gold Trip. Contact Chinook Expiditions (800)241-3451) for more information or to make reservations.


    Homemade Mosquito Trap

    Mosquito trapWorks on Gnats too!

    Items needed:

    1 cup of water
    1/4 cup of brown sugar
    1 gram of yeast
    2-liter plastic bottle

    1. Cut the plastic bottle in half.
    2. Mix brown sugar with hot water. Let cool. When cold, pour in the bottom half of the bottle.
    3. Add the yeast. No need to mix. It creates carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes.
    4. Place the funnel part, upside down, into the other half of the bottle, taping them together if desired.
    5. Wrap the bottle with something black, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area. (Mosquitoes are drawn to the color black or white.)

    Change the solution every 2 weeks for continuous control.


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