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Central Valley Prospectors is an Official Chapter of GPAA. You do not need to be a member of GPAA to join CVP and we charge no dues. We are a non-profit (501-c-3) small mining and prospecting club. CVP is dedicated to providing education and increased public awareness of prospecting and mining, as well as lots of fun. We own our own claims and provide outside programs for various groups. We welcome all ages, including families with children.

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River Bluff Elementary School
6150 W. Palo Alto Ave. Fresno, CA
6:30 PM Every THIRD Tuesday
(Except during school conflicts,
or during July - when school is closed)

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Central Valley Prospectors (CVP) MEETING RULES OF CONDUCT

  1. Be punctual you’ve had a month to plan
  2. Be participative and not stump on a log
  3. Be respectful … nobody is getting paid
  4. No side conversations … hearing is tough already
  5. Listen carefully and take notes … it’s been known to work
  6. No cheap shots … good ideas can come from anywhere
  7. Volunteer because someone has to do it
  8. If you have a problem … have a solution
If the decision is not perfect … can you live with it

Business Meetings:

Yosemite Falls Cafe
4278 West Ashlan Avenue, Fresno CA.
6:00 PM Every Second Wednesday of the Month

Mining Safety

Prospecting can be a fun and rewarding hobby, but safe practices must still be considered. We all want to forget there can be dangers involved, but the tragic deaths of three young men near Fresno reminded us that it can happen. Some things might seem like common sense, but we should never take shortcuts when possible danger is involved. Below are just a few "common sense" items to remember when prospecting.

- Always take a buddy along
- Tell someone at home EXACTLY where you
   are going and when you plan to return
- Stay out of old mines and caves
- Don't venture into remote areas without
  another vehicle along
- Practice good water safety
- Avoid disturbing wildlife and know
  what to do if bit
- Bring basic supplies: water, snacks, first aid
- Keep a tool kit in car and cell phone/charger
- Chains in winter, fire extinguisher in summer
- Safety check vehicle before trip, air up spare
- Check the weather before departing,
  and prepare accordingly

Basic safety involves planning ahead and not taking chances. With a little forethought you can enjoy your trip prospecting, and if you run into problems you will be prepared to deal with them safely and with less frustration. The following link is geared toward industrial mining but has a lot of great safety information. There is even a kid's area with safety and interesting history.
Mining Safety at www.msha.gov

Contact Information

Postal address
Central Valley Prospectors
PO Box 25851
Fresno, CA 93729
Electronic mail
General Information: cvprospector@cvprospectors.org
Information Tech: it@cvprospectors.org


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