A 52-year-old gold miner has been convicted of living illegally on his mining claim on a national forest in Southern Oregon.
David Duane Everist was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail. He had been convicted of illegally living on his Twin Cedars mining claim on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and mining a streambed without filing a plan of operations with the U.S. Forest Service, and cutting trees without approval. The claim is near the California border about 12 miles south of the community of Applegate.
Everist has long maintained the land is his private property under the 1872 Mining Law, and that U.S. Forest Service law enforcement agents have no authority under the U.S. Constitution.
This is Everist's third conviction over the mining claim, dating back to 2009.