The CVMC follows the AFMS code of ethics .
A large measure of the enjoyment of our hobby consists of collecting in the field.
For that reason, the members are proud to endorse the following:
"Code of Ethics"
I will respect both private and public property and will do no collecting on privately owned land without permission from the owner.
I will keep informed on all laws, regulations or rules governing collecting on public lands and will observe them.
I will, to the best of my ability, ascertain the boundary lines of property on which I plan to collect.
I will use no firearms or blasting material in collecting areas.
I will cause no willful damage to property of any kind such as fences, signs, buildings, etc.
I will leave all gates as found.
I will build fires only in designated or safe places and will be certain they are completely extinguished before leaving the area.
I will discard no burning material - matches, cigarettes, etc.
I will fill all excavation holes which may be dangerous to livestock.
I will not contaminate wells, creeks, or other water supplies.
I will cause no willful damage to collecting material and will take home only what I can reasonably use.
I will practice conservation and undertake to utilize fully and well the materials I have collected and will recycle my surplus for the pleasure and benefit of others.
I will support the rockhound project H.E.L.P. (Help Eliminate Litter Please) and will leave all collecting areas devoid of litter, regardless of how found.
I will cooperate with field-trip leaders and those in designated authority in all collecting areas.
I will report to my club or federation officers, Bureau of Land Management or other authorities, any deposit of petrified wood or other materials on public lands which should be protected for the enjoyment of future generations for public educational and scientific purposes.
I will appreciate and protect our heritage of natural resources.
I will observe the "Golden Rule", will use Good Outdoor Manners and will at all times conduct myself in a manner which will add to the stature and Public Image of Rockhounds everywhere.
Revised July 7, 1999 at the AFMS Annual Meeting
Remember…Rules are Rules!
Hi all…this is just a reminder that no matter where you go collecting, there are going to be rules to follow. It doesn’t matter where you go, Loudville, Chester, the Betts Mines, the Tripp Mine or anywhere, there are rules! As club members it’s our responsibility to follow these rules and make sure others follow these rules! The EFMLS / AFMS has a code of ethics that we follow (printed above) http://www.amfed.org/ethics.htm
Above and beyond that, private collecting sites that are open to club trips have rules of their own that we MUST followed!! If we don’t follow the rules set by the land/mine/quarry owners, we are jeopardizing the CLUBS privilege to collect at these sites in the future. If the club was thrown out of a collecting site for not following the rules, the fallout from that could damage our collecting privileges with other places and put a black mark on the clubs name for years!
We are losing collecting sites year after year and it’s from peoples disregard for the property owners and the rules set forth by them. There isn’t a mineral specimen in the world that is worth the loss of a collecting site, be respectful, be honest and be a good representative of the CVMC and you can bet that we will be allowed back again!
Collecting anywhere is a privilege, not a right and it’s our job to maintain that privilege!