Field trip looks at area gold mining |

Field trip looks at area gold mining

A public field trip Saturday and Sunday will focus on historic hard rock and placer gold mining in Nevada, Sierra and Plumas counties.

The Bureau of Land Management and the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History will sponsor the field trip that will show how human activity changed the landscape and how land use decisions are limited by geologic factors.

The field trip will start Saturday in Grass Valley and proceed to Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, where there will be a fireside lecture that night in the campgrounds.

The next day, the trip will move on to gold deposits along the Yuba River between North Bloomfield and Downieville. Tour participants will then go to the Sierra Buttes area and end up in Plumas-Eureka State Park.

To register, call the museum at (661) 324-6350 or visit the BLM Web site at

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