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New 2018 Oregon ban on point collecting
« on: July 29, 2018, 08:03:43 AM »
Old news here by now, but apparently many people still do not know about this. Digging for points in Oregon is now illegal w/o a permit, even if it is on your own property in this state. You cannot have a shovel, trowel, or pick and an arrowhead on your person if you do not have a permit. Before this, if you happened across an arrowhead while digging for some other reason, it was allowed to collect one (only one). You can (apparently) still collect the one arrowhead if you happen across one without the use of any tools. You can also have them in your possession if you collected them before October 15, 1983.

Here is part of the new law ORS 395.920 that went into affect on Jan 1, 2018:

(1)(a) A person may not excavate, injure, destroy or alter an archaeological site or object or remove an archaeological object located on public or private lands in Oregon unless that activity is authorized by a permit issued under ORS 390.235 (Permits and conditions for excavation or removal of archaeological or historical material).

(b) Collection of an arrowhead from the surface of public or private land is permitted if collection can be accomplished without the use of any tool.

(c) It is prima facie evidence of a violation of this section if:

(A) A person possesses the objects described in paragraph (a) of this subsection;

(B) A person possesses any tool that could be used to remove such objects from the ground; and

(C) A person does not possess a permit required under ORS 390.235 (Permits and conditions for excavation or removal of archaeological or historical material).