|Posted by wendell mosley on March 30, 2012 at 6:10 AM|
Hello Mr. Mosley,
Per your request regarding regulations regarding panning for gold, if you
intend to pan for gold as a "recreational" activity - no surface mining permit
is required. Suction dredging is not recommended in privately owned streams
and is not allowed in National Forests. The operation is to be kept within the
channel with no disturbance to banks.
On occasion - specific Primary Trout Streams may be closed to be protective
for wild trout spawning. The Georgia Wildlife Resources Division in
Gainesville Ga, 770/535-5498 may provide you with more details on this aspect.
The main thing for you to do though, is to obtain permission from property
owners of the streams, (written permission is best). If you intend to pan in
the Chattahoochee National Forest please refer to the Chattahoochee National
Forest website for further information.
If you have further questions please contact me at 404/362-4888.
Surface Mining Unit
Environmental Protection Division