At present the FCM holds the lease on two 160 acre placer claims, a 40 acre claim and one 20 acre claim. The first
is located in the Humbug Mountains about 17 miles east southeast of Twentynine Palms and is known as the First
Class Claim (sometimes referred to as the Humbug Claim). The second is also a 160 acre placer claim located
about 50 miles southeast of Twentynine Palms in the Eagle Mountains. It is known as the Middle Camp Claim.
The only way to access the Middle Camp Claim is through the Joshua Tree National Park and a twelve mile trek on
Black Eagle Road. This road traverses through a JTNP wilderness and Tortoise nesting area. There are special
regulations that must be adhered to while on this road. Read and understand these regulations, as they will be
provided in the New Member package. Violations will not only get you in trouble with the Park but could also
cause you to be dropped from the FCM membership. The 40 acre Rattlesnake Claim is located in the San
Bernardino mountains in an area known as Rattlesnake Canyon, about 20 Miles North West of Yucca Valley. The
fourth claim, known as the Lucky Nugget is located in the southwest corner of the Virginia Dale Mining District
about 13 miles south of Highway 62. Sponsors are responsible for making sure new members know where all
FCM claims are and how to get to them. All members have the right to work these claims any time they want.
Members who take guests to any FCM claim must understand they are responsible to see their guests adhere to all
FCM By-Law and rules. Guests of members are not allowed to prospect/mine on any FCM claim without the
member being present. If he or she is caught prospecting/mining on a FCM claim, they will be asked to leave and
you may loose your membership.
Heavy equipment and explosives are not permitted on any FCM claims.
Excavation work will be done by use of hand tools such as shovels, picks and etc. ONLY. All mining equipment
will be of the type considered to be “Casual” or “Small Miner” in nature, as defined by the Bureau of Land
Management (BLM). More information on this will be provided in the new member package.
Disputes between members concerning the FCM claims that cannot be handled between members will be brought
before the Sgt-At Arms for decision. If the Sgt-At-Arms cannot resolve it the issue will be brought to the Board of
Directors for arbitration. Decisions made by the Board are final. Unlike some mining clubs, the FCM has a general
policy that if you sweated for it, you keep it.
Any animal and plant life that is found on FCM claims will not be molested; this is to include rattlesnakes and
lizards. Shooting on any FCM claim is not permitted. Controlled substances on FCM claims are not permitted and
are grounds for dismissal from the FCM membership.
Camping on any FCM claim is permitted up to 14 days at a time per Bureau of Land Management regulations.
Whether you are there for the day or a week, when you leave clean up your mess and take your trash with you.
Try to always leave the place better than you found it. It is important for members to be aware and adhere to any
campfire regulations that may be in existence on FCM claims.
There are several openings to vertical and horizontal mines located on FCM claims. The FCM cannot and will not
be held responsible for your irresponsibleness while visiting FCM claims. Families who take their children to a
FCM claim are responsible for them. Keep them in sight at all times. The FCM has a Safety Officer; call the
officer when you plan a trip to one of the claims or anywhere when going alone. Let him/her know when you are
leaving, where you are going and when you are expected to return. Be sure to let him/her know when you are
back; we don't want to have to call out the search team just because you forgot to call.